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Situational Analysis | March 7, 2023

It's Tuesday and National Cereal Day. Too bad it's not close to National Milk Day.

What You Need to Know

  • Human remains were found by a hiker in southern Utah on Saturday They were identified as those of Miriam Salgado, the aunt of murder victim Elizabeth Salgado. Her brother, Rosemberg Salgado, said "It's something that you would never think in a million years that that would ever happen."

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • The Legislature and its impact on Utah families (Deseret News)
  • They sued their Utah OB-GYN alleging sexual assault, but their lawsuit was thrown out. Now, their case is set to change state law. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Salt Lake County’s Unified Police Department will likely dissolve in 2025. Here’s why. (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • Black investors see purchase of Utah bank as a civil rights victory (Washington Post)
  • Woman trying to burn away negative energy arrested in Sandy fire investigation, police say (KSL)
  • Emily Bell McCormick: March 2 was a day for Women’s History Month (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Billboards around Salt Lake respond to Charles Barkley comment that city is 'boring' (KUTV)
  • Merchandise, debris scatter in all directions when SUV crashes into quilt store on Santa Clara Drive (St. George News)


  • Qualtrics on the block, again, with $12.4B deal pending (Deseret News)


  • Indictment accuses Utah accountant of stealing $2.5M from charter schools (KSL)
  • Jeanetta Williams: Salt Lake City NAACP opposed bill that disproportionately affects students of color (Deseret News)
  • Utah fares well with higher-education degree attainment (St. George News)
  • How Utah State University is using data to improve its policing after sexual assault concerns (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Utah pioneer life through oral histories (UPR)


  • Intermountain Health joins national initiative to speed up implementation of promising medical research (Deseret News)
  • Pandemic led to increase in rate and severity of depression, Intermountain study says (KSL)
  • African American and Black adults are more likely to suffer from mental illness than white adults (KSL)
  • Event encourages Provo women to find happiness through hope and healing (Daily Herald)
  • How fake sugars sneak into foods and disrupt metabolic health. Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes sweeten foods without extra calories. But studies show the ingredients can affect gut and heart health. (Wall Street Journal)

National Headlines


  • 4 kidnapped Americans crossed into Mexico for health care (AP)
  • Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled (NPR)
  • Housing market momentum stalls as spring approaches (Wall Street Journal)
  • Former White House official dies of injuries after jet turbulence (Washington Post)


  • Joe Biden: My plan to extend Medicare for another generation (New York Times)
  • 3 GOP states pull out of effort to thwart voter fraud (AP)
  • Thousands of pro-Trump bots are attacking DeSantis, Haley (AP)
  • The U.S. is not yet ready for the era of ‘Great Power’ conflict (Wall Street Journal)
  • Hope Hicks meets with Manhattan prosecutors as Trump inquiry intensifies (New York Times)
  • The debt-limit time machine: What the last 10 big fights tell us about this one (Politico)
  • New York Republicans go to all-out war against Santos (Politico)
  • Kamala Harris tries to shake off her rough start (Deseret News)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukraine vows not to give up on Bakhmut amid constant Russian attacks (Reuters)
  • Ukraine's top generals want to keep fighting for Bakhmut as Russian fighters demand more ammunition (New York Times)
  • Russia advances in Bakhmut by sending waves of mercenaries to certain death (Washington Post)
  • Zelensky pledges to ‘find the murderers’ of Ukrainian soldier executed in grisly video (The Hill)


  • Who is Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, and why is her election win key for Ukraine? (Washington Post)
  • China says US should change attitude or risk conflict (Reuters)
  • The Rohingya fled genocide. Now, violence stalks them as refugees. (Washington Post)
  • Fire rips through Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, displacing 12,000 (Washington Post)

News Releases

Owens announces March mobile office hours

Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) announced his team’s mobile office schedule for March 2023. During these mobile office hours, expert caseworkers from Congressman Owens’ staff will be on hand to assist Utahns with federal agencies, casework, passport renewals, service academies, and more. Locations include Ephraim and Nephi on March 8 and Spanish Fork and Saratoga Springs on March 15. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 7, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Women in International Business Conference with World Trade Center Utah — Mar. 8, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, Register Here
  • Teaching Your Child Consent with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — Mar. 16, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Virtual, Register Here
  • Sutherland Institute Annual Gala honoring Lowry Snow & Ian Rowe — Mar. 23, 7 pm, Hyatt Regency, More Information Here
  • MWEG Spring Conference with keynote speaker Becky Edwards — Mar. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at UVU or virtual, Register Here
  • Advancing Women Through “Developmental Relationships”: A Dialogue with Global Experts with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Register here
  • Hatch Foundation Gala with special guest Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao — April 14, 7:00 pm, Grand America, Register Here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am - 7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 322 BC - Aristotle dies
  • 1530 - King Henry VIII’s divorce request is denied by the Pope. 
  • 1876 - 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention - the telephone. 
  • 1912 - Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole.
  • 1923 - “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost is published.
  • 1938 - Janet Guthrie is born. She was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.
  • 1942 - The first cadets graduated from the Black flying school at Tuskegee.
  • 1965 - Alabama state troopers and 600 black protesters clash in Selma during "Bloody Sunday", protesters, including future congressman John Lewis who was beaten and hospitalized and Amelia Boynton is beaten terribly. White Unitarian minister, Rev. James Reeb died of his injuries. 
  • 1975 - US Senate revises filibuster rule, allows 60 senators to limit debate
  • 1977 - Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1985 - We Are the World single is released to benefit African famine.
  • 1998 - Amanda Gorman is born.
  • 2010 - Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first female director to win an Oscar for her movie “The Hurt Locker.”
  • 2022 - Global death toll from Covid-19 passes 6 million according to Johns Hopkins figures, with 57% of the world's population fully vaccinated

Quote of the Day

“It's said that ignorance is bliss.
Ignorance is this: a vine that
sneaks up a tree, killing not by
poison, but by blocking out its

Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry

On the Punny Side

I quit my grocery store job when they started paying in vegetables instead of cash.

The celery was unacceptable.


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