Harmful algal bloom found in Virgin River believed to have killed dog

The Virgin River at Zion National Park is pictured. | Matt Gade, Deseret News ZION NATIONAL PARK — State environmental leaders have identified a harmful algal bloom that may have killed a dog after it went swimming in Zion National Park’s Virgin River. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality made the announcement Friday night, saying they received a report from Zion National Park on July 4 that a dog died an hour after swimming in the North Fork of the Virgin River. “The dog was playing in the river and at one point was ‘snapping’ at algae growing on the rocks,” the press release said. “Prior to its death, the… Read More

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Inside the Salt Lake City mayor’s reaction to the police shooting decision and recent protests

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks at a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 5, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Mayor Erin Mendenhall goes deep on what comes next, a day after a violent protest on city streets followed a justifiable homicide ruling in the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal by police. The Deseret News and KSL editorial boards hosted Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall in a Zoom call Friday morning, a day after a violent protest on city streets followed a justifiable homicide ruling in the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal by police. Salt Lake County District Attorney… Read More

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Church leaders ask Latter-day Saints in Utah to wear face masks to fight COVID-19

The Church Office Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pictured in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News Church’s Utah Area Presidency says ‘please join with us now in common purpose for the blessing and benefit of all’ SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking all members in the state to wear face coverings when in public. The area presidency sent the request by email to Latter-day Saints in Utah on Friday evening. “Please join with us now in common purpose for the blessing and benefit of… Read More

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Top Democrats react to Trump granting Roger Stone clemency calling it an abuse of power

Several top Democrats condemned President Donald Trump for granting Roger Stone clemency on Friday night. Rep. Adam Schiff called it an “attack on the rule of law.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said the decision made a mockery of democracy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she wants to implement a law that would prohibit a president from granting clemency to someone who is sentenced for a crime that is assisting the president. Stone was convicted by a jury in November 2019 of seven felony counts: five counts of making false statements to the FBI and congressional investigators, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstruction of… Read More

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Utah Citizens’ Alarm gathers as counter to canceled protest

A member of Utah Citizens’ Alarm who did not give his name gathers with others at Valley Regional Park in Taylorsville on Friday, July 10, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A member of Utah Citizens’ Alarm who did not give his name gathers with others at Valley Regional Park in Taylorsville on Friday. The group, with several thousand members on Facebook who say they are concerned by increased incidents of violence and destruction in recent protests, gathered in Taylorsville in response to a protest organized by Insurgence USA. The protest, which was described as a march against racial discrimination, ended up being canceled that afternoon “due to increasing… Read More

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26 Mississippi state legislators tested positive for coronavirus and many have not been wearing masks

Twenty-six Mississippi lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus, CNN reported. According to The Virginian-Pilot, 10 employees in the building have also tested positive. Many lawmakers have not been wearing masks, and the floor of the legislature is also quite crowded and indoors. Health experts have agreed that masks are proven to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Some lawmakers in Mississippi have not been wearing masks while in the state Capitol, and 26 state legislators, about one-in-six of the state’s lawmakers, tested positive for coronavirus, CNN reported. Earlier this week, WTVA reported that Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann tested positive for the coronavirus. House… Read More

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s top writer resigned. A CNN Business report alleges he used racist, sexist language on an online forum under a pseudonym.

Blake Neff, the top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has resigned, a network spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. His resignation came in tandem with a shocking report from CNN Business, which highlighted the alleged racist and sexist posts made on the online forum AutoAdmit by a user CNN Business says is Neff. The alleged comments ranged from deriding the Black Lives Matter movement and mocking women he was connected with on social media and calling them “shrews.” The Fox News spokesperson did not elaborate on the circumstances behind his departure nor did they comment on the CNN Business report. Blake Neff has worked for Fox News for nearly… Read More

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s top writer resigned. A CNN Business report alleges he used racist, sexist language on an online forum under a pseudonym.

Blake Neff, the top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has resigned, a network spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. His resignation came in tandem with a shocking report from CNN Business, which highlighted the alleged racist and sexist posts made on the online forum AutoAdmit by a user CNN Business says is Neff. The alleged comments ranged from deriding the Black Lives Matter movement and mocking women he was connected with on social media and calling them “shrews.” The Fox News spokesperson did not elaborate on the circumstances behind his departure nor did they comment on the CNN Business report. Blake Neff has worked for Fox News for nearly… Read More

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