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- The IUP Panel on the threat of China and the 2024 race for U.S. Senate (ABC4)
- Social media and 2024 election issues (Hinckley Report)
- Does Utah have a process for expelling lawmakers like in Tennessee? (KSL)
- Stuart Adams & Jonathan Williams: For the 16th time, Utah’s economic outlook tops the nation (Deseret News)
- Sen. Mike Lee responds to campus free speech issues at Stanford, BYU law schools (Deseret News)
- Carson Jorgensen on why he’s not seeking a second term as Utah GOP Chair (ABC4)
- Get to know the new likely chair of the Utah Republican Party (KSL Newsradio)
- State audit alleges former Cache County prosecutors misused public resources, had side contracts without county’s knowledge (Salt Lake Tribune)
- St. George city council discusses reclaiming ‘abandoned’ cemetery plots (St. George News)
General Utah news
- Hundreds of Utahns help fill sandbags in Salt Lake County (KSL)
- Utah’s only Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient honored posthumously (KSL)
- Utah nonprofit collects used medical equipment for Navajo Nation (Fox13)
- Deadly Utah avalanche that killed skier from California was 400 feet wide, report says (Fox13)
- This artist’s vision is to celebrate Utah wildlife through murals (Deseret News)
- Volunteerism is falling in the US, even in happy-to-help Utah (KUER)
- What motivates Utahns to become entrepreneurs more than any other state? (Deseret News)
- How does Salt Lake City stack up to Major League Baseball expansion competition? (KSL)
- Burger King set to close several stores in Utah (ABC4)
- Retired professor reflects on efforts to promote Black Theatre in Utah (KUTV)
- Snow College promotes interim President Stacee McIff to new role as president (St. George News)
- Teachers nationwide are flummoxed by students’ newfound chess obsession (Washington Post)
- Mike Squires: Romney is right. The future of energy is nuclear (Deseret News)
- Farmers see setbacks from Utah’s endless winter, but one crop is ready to go — alfalfa (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Above-normal temperatures expected to melt more snowpack as flood advisory continues (KUTV)
- Hearing and remembering: How hearing aids reduce hearing loss and dementia. Those who struggle with hearing loss and do not wear hearing aids have a 42% higher risk of dementia, new study finds. (Deseret News)
- Music can heal the mind and heart (KSL Newsradio)
- Teen with life-threatening depression finally found hope. Then insurance cut her off (NPR)
- What Utah renters need to know to protect themselves from flooding (KUER)
- Economists turn more pessimistic on inflation (Wall Street Journal)
- Black Kansas City teen shot in the head by homeowner after going to wrong house to pick up siblings (AP)
- ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ closes on Broadway after 35 years (AP)
- Video shows New Mexico police were at wrong house seconds before killing homeowner (Reuters)
- A pro-Russian account overseen by an ex-Navy member aided the spread of secrets (Wall Street Journal)
- National Guard member accused of applying to work as hitman on website (The Hill)
- Discord leak suggests China doesn’t need TikTok to find U.S. secrets (Washington Post)
- Russians boasted that just 1% of fake social profiles are caught, leak shows (Washington Post)
- Trump and DeSantis give dueling speeches at National Rifle Association convention (Deseret News)
- The Supreme Court, the Sabbath and a much-debated piece of civil rights law (Deseret News)
- GOP leader McConnell returning to Senate after head injury (AP)
- The $1.6 billion Dominion v. Fox News trial starts Tuesday. Catch up here (NPR)
- Anti-trans bills have doubled since 2022. Since January, state legislators have introduced more than 400 anti-trans bills — more than the number introduced in the previous four years combined (Washington Post)
- Democratic senators favor forcing House vote on debt limit increase (The Hill)
- Lindsey Graham slams Marjorie Taylor Greene for defending leak of classified documents (Politico)
- Top Kremlin critic convicted of treason, given 25 years in prison for denouncing the war in Ukraine (AP)
- Putin hails Russian navy’s performance in Pacific drills (AP)
- Shocked by Russian atrocities, NATO is becoming the alliance it was during the Cold War, committed to defending “every inch” of its territory. (New York Times)
- Nearly 100 civilians killed as army, rivals battle for control of Sudan (AP)
- US warship sails through Taiwan Strait following China war games (Reuters)
- US, allies aim to reduce economic ties with China (Wall Street Journal)
Number of the Day
Tweet of the Day #1
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- Utah GOP convention — Apr 22, 10:00 am, UVU UCCU Center, Orem (More information here)
- Teen Girls Experiencing Increased Sadness and Violence with Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 25, 12:00-1:15 pm via Zoom, Register here
- United Utah Party State Convention — April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lehi High School with keynote speakers Teri McCabe and Jay Mcfarland
- Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here
- Utah Democratic Convention — May 19-20, SUU (More information here)
On This Day In History
- 1387 - Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars).
- 1790 - Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84.
- 1815 - The Tambora volcano erupts in Indonesia, killing 10,000 people immediately and another 80,000 of starvation over the next year. It caused the “year without a summer” in New England, prompting the Smith family to move from Sharon, Vermont to Palmyra, New York.
- 1913 - Dorothy Fosdick is born. She worked as a federal official from 1942 to 1953, developing the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, advising on national security and writing speeches for Henry “Scoop” Jackson (1955-83).
- 1916 - Sirimavo Bandaranaike is born. She became the world’s first modern female head of state when she became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960.
- 1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion begins.
- 1964 - Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, who called herself "The Flying Housewife", becomes the first woman to fly solo around the world.
- 1970 - Apollo 13 returns to earth.
- 1975 - Cambodia falls to the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge killed approximately 1.7 million people over the next 4 years (21% of the country's population).
Quote of the Day
"I didn't think it was such a great thing; it was just lots of fun."
On the Punny Side
My toddler is refusing to nap.
He’s guilty of resisting a rest.
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