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Situational Analysis | April 26, 2023

It's Wednesday and National Get Organized Day. Need a little inspiration? Go watch an episode of Hoarders. 😳

What You Need to Know

Rapid Roundup


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Seeing struggles with young voters, new Utah GOP leadership looks to recruit Gen Z (KUER)
  • Matheson focuses on environment, affordability for Ogden council race (Standard-Examiner)
  • Former Ukrainian president says Utah leading the way in support for Ukraine (KUTV)
  • ‘Social media is designed to tear us apart,’ Utah Gov. Cox tells high school students on tour (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah Supreme Court cancels oral arguments in lawsuit challenging state’s abortion ban (KSL TV)

General Utah news

  • Ogden PD probe finds officers’ actions justified in Washington Blvd. incident (Standard-Examiner)
  • Airline causes travel nightmares for Salt Lake City non-profit group (Fox13)
  • Ogden man charged in alleged 'accidental' fatal shooting of wife (Fox13)
  • Homes reportedly sinking in Woods Cross; City helping with repair funds (ABC4)
  • Man arrested for attempted kidnapping of a girl walking to school (ABC4)
  • Draper developer did not consult state department before building on landslide prone soil (KUTV)
  • Jaren Hall’s journey to the NFL draft fueled by faith, family and fanatical effort (Deseret News)


  • Hires Big H reopens third location with newly remodeled space (Fox13)
  • Microsoft-Activision deal rejected by UK regulator (Wall Street Journal)
  • IKEA redesigns its bestsellers, starting with the Billy bookcase (Wall Street Journal)


  • Report: Social belonging for Utah women means more than just having friendships (St. George News)
  • Utah experts discuss increased sadness, experiences of violence in teen girls (KSL)
  • Perspective: Why some diversity, equity and inclusion programs fail to get off the ground (Deseret News)


  • BYU students honored at National Model UN competition (Daily Herald)
  • Navigating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on college campuses (KSL Newsradio)


  • Alta hits 900" of snow after late spring storm (Fox13)
  • Sorry, Utah. Even with a wet year, we’re not out of the woods for wildfires (KUER)
  • Group urges action to plug orphaned Utah oil wells (UPR)
  • 50 million gallons of water begins daily diversion to Great Salt Lake (Fox13)
  • With projections showing a 50-foot rebound coming, Lake Powell resumes Grand Canyon’s experimental floods (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • A sedan-sized microreactor could change billions of lives on Earth (Deseret News)
  • Kuwait, Dugway, Tooele Army Depot and what these places have in common (Deseret News)
  • Retiring coal-fired power plants need a replacement. These Western states may have the answer (Deseret News)


  • The life expectancy gap between women and men in U.S. is growing (KSL Newsradio)
  • Bad posture can impact your mental health — here’s what to do about it (Deseret News)
  • Over 1 million people waiting for Social Security disability services (Deseret News)
  • French fries may worsen depression. (Deseret News)


  • Utah ranks in top 10 most ‘difficult’ states for first-time homebuyers (Deseret News)
  • Homeless advocates call for officials to extend shelter options amid flooding risks (KSL)

National Headlines


  • ‘You threw them away like garbage’: Day 15 Lori Vallow Daybell murder trial (ABC4)
  • Lori Daybell's sister accuses her of 'dancing on the beach while your kids are in the ground' (KSL)
  • Barbie reveals first doll with Down syndrome (The Hill)
  • Parts of Yosemite National Park closing as flooding looms (New York Times)


  • Trump complains GOP primary debates will be ‘hostile’ towards him. Will he agree to participate? (Deseret News)
  • Peter Thiel, Republican megadonor, won’t fund candidates in 2024 (Reuters)
  • Biden v. Trump: A race for the White House with actuarial tables in the background (Politico)
  • House Republicans amend debt limit bill (Politico)
  • Montana House cancels session after rally for trans lawmaker (Politico)
  • Markey calls for Clarence Thomas to resign: ‘reputation is unsalvageable’ (The Hill)
  • Pro-Biden super PAC launching $1M ad campaign in three key swing states (The Hill)
  • Washington state bans sale of assault weapons including AR-15s (Washington Post)
  • Gun rights groups sue to stop WA ban on semi-automatic rifle sales (NPR)
  • Chief Justice Roberts declines to acquiesce to Sen. Durbin request to testify on ethics (Washington Post)
  • US, South Korea pledge cooperation on nuclear arms (Wall Street Journal)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • China’s Xi calls Zelenskyy, in first contact since Putin launched war on Ukraine (Politico)
  • Ukraine’s Azov brigade races to rebuild ahead of fateful fight (Washington Post)
  • Ukraine launches tech cluster to boost military capability (AP)


  • Holly Richardson: 400 people killed. Biohazardous samples seized. How Sudan reached its worst-case scenario (Deseret News)
  • Sudan fighting eclipses new truce as aid groups raise alarm (Politico)
  • Sudan’s Bashir in military hospital; U.N. says factions not ready for talks (Washington Post)
  • After speculation that Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who had been serving a prison sentence, had been freed, the army said that he was being held in a military hospital but provided no evidence. (New York Times)
  • Taliban take out ‘mastermind’ of bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops in Afghanistan (Politico)
  • Singapore executes man for conspiring to traffic 2 pounds of cannabis (Washington Post)
  • Former NZ PM Jacinda Ardern accepts Harvard fellowships (Reuters)

News Releases

Deseret UAS and Utah Aerospace & Defense Association announce consolidation

The Utah Aerospace & Defense Association (UADA) and Deseret Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) announced they are consolidating efforts to better collaborate and advocate on behalf of Utah’s aerospace and defense industry. As public-private partnerships, both organizations represent companies in Utah valued at trillions of dollars collectively. 

UADA will lead the organizations’ respective efforts going forward, with Deseret UAS being restructured as UADA’s newly created Advanced Aviation and Technology Committee (AATC). Shawn Milne, Deseret UAS board chair, will chair the AATC under the leadership of UADA President and CEO Aaron Starks. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Apr 26, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • United Utah Party State Convention — April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lehi High School with keynote speakers Teri McCabe and Jay Mcfarland
  • One Utah Summit — May 1-2, Davis Conference Center, Register here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here
  • Below the Belt screening and discussion (a film on endometriosis) — May 10, 7 pm, UVU Noorda Theater, Register here
  • YWCA Leader Luncheon featuring Dr. Bernice A. King — May 12, 11:30-2:00, Grand America. Register here
  • Interim Day — May 16-17, Utah State Capitol,
  • Utah Democratic Convention — May 19-20, SUU (More information here)
  • Intellectual Property Rights webinar with the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — June 1, 10:00 am, Register here
  • Interim Day — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,

On This Day In History 

  • 1777 - Sybil Ludington rides 40 miles on horseback through the night to alert American militia of British attack.
  • 1927 - Anne McLaren is born. She became a leading figure in developmental biology and became a pioneer in human IVF (in vitro fertilization). 
  • 1954 - Polio vaccine trials begin, involving 1.8 million children.
  • 1984 - President Reagan visits China.
  • 1986 - Test triggers the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.
  • 1994 - First day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa.

Quote of the Day

"In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."

—Mark Twain

On the Punny Side

Spiderman has a winter jacket made of Mediterranean flatbread.

It’s called a Pita Parka.


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