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Situational Analysis | May 1, 2023

Good Monday morning and welcome to May! It's the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month and more. 

What You Need to Know

  • Five people died in an execution-style shooting in Texas when a neighbor burst into a house after being asked to shoot his gun further away from the house. The suspect remains at large. There is a search with more than 200 police involved and an $80,000 reward

Rapid Roundup

  • The pregnant wife of a deployed Marine receives an $800 tip at a Spanish Fork restaurant; Tony Finau wins another PGA Tour event; rainbows form in a circle; and a zoo in England seeks people to dress up as birds to chase seagulls away 🤣

Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence tells Salt Lake audience ‘God’s grace’ helped him during the ‘tragedy’ of Jan. 6 (Deseret News)
  • Erin Mendenhall, Rocky Anderson amassing cash for costly SLC mayoral race (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Why some question the legality of Utah’s new social media laws (ABC4)
  • IUP Panel: Race for the White House and charging borrowers with good credit more (ABC4)
  • We’re No. 1: Provo acknowledged as top performing city in US (Daily Herald)
  • Convention Recap, Summer Preview (Hinckley Report)

General Utah news

  • The challenge of consent: Utah's rape law and low prosecution rate (KSL)
  • Utah soldier among 3 killed in Alaska helicopter crash (AP)
  • Utah to reduce deer tags after winter devastates population in the north (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • An independent board is supposed to review Salt Lake City police misconduct. It’s understaffed, and misses deadlines. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah ranks #4 among states considered to be 'photography capitals' (St. George News)


  • SLC postal workers’ strike, ‘absent of anything based in reality,’ USPS said. (ABC4)
  • The weight bias against women in the workforce is real — and it's only getting worse (NPR)
  • One-third of US nurses plan to quit profession (Reuters)


  • How much did donors give the University of Utah during its just-completed giving campaign? A record $3 billion (Deseret News)
  • U. English classes help immigrants bridge the gap to career, education goals (KSL)
  • How advice from BYU professors saved a weed-infested lake in Uganda (KSL)
  • BYU prof becomes bullying target after mentioning her trans child in class. Utah Sen. Mike Lee retweeted a news article about the episode, setting off a backlash of attacks. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Apprenticeships become popular college alternative as tuition costs continue to rise (KUTV)
  • ‘Waste of time’: Community college transfers derail students (AP)


  • Why did Utah leaders go to Israel? (Great Salt Lake Collaborative)
  • Israel went from water scarcity to surplus. Can it help Utah and the Great Salt Lake? (Great Salt Lake Collaborative)
  • What Utah can take back from Israel when it comes to water savings, and what gets lost in translation (Great Salt Lake Collaborative)
  • Strawberries in the desert: From drip irrigation to vertical gardens, Utah officials learn how Israel does more with less water (Great Salt Lake Collaborative)
  • Multiple Utah communities prepare for possible flooding this week (KUTV)
  • May kicks off with record high temperatures and record mountain snowpack (ABC4)
  • Five northern Utah waterways to see minor flooding this week, National Weather Service predicts (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Beekeeping on solar sites can reduce environmental impacts (UPR)


  • Being bilingual could help prevent dementia, study finds (Deseret News)
  • What’s behind shortages of Adderall, Ozempic and other meds? (ABC4)
  • The stigma around opioid abuse is more than individual. Families feel it too (KUER)
  • Surgeon General: We Have Become a Lonely Nation. It’s Time to Fix That. (New York Times)

National Headlines


  • 14 million jobs worldwide will vanish in the next 5 years, new economic report finds (KSL TV)
  • First Republic Bank seized, sold to JPMorgan Chase (AP)
  • Americans fault news media for dividing nation: AP-NORC poll (AP)


  • Workin’ man blues. How the Democrats lost the white working class (Deseret News)
  • Republicans responded to Biden’s announcement with an AI-generated ad (Deseret News)
  • Trump lawyer seeks mistrial in rape case, citing judge bias (AP)
  • Senate rankings: Here are the 5 seats most likely to flip (The Hill)
  • Hispanic voters have soured on Biden. Now he needs to win them back. (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Russia missile attack on Ukraine injures 34, damages homes (AP)
  • Relatives bury children killed in Russian missile attack (AP)
  • Inside the group that’s saving Ukraine (Politico)
  • Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids (Politico)
  • The case for the total liberation of Ukraine (The Atlantic)


  • The U.S. evacuates some 1,000 Americans from Sudan (NPR)
  • U.N. warns of Sudan breaking point as air strikes hit capital (Reuters)
  • ‘Killed for nothing': The tragic death of an American doctor in Sudan (Politico)
  • Islamic State leader killed in Syria by Turkish intelligence services, Erdogan says (Reuters)
  • Iranian Insider and British Spy: How a Double Life Ended on the Gallows (New York Times)

News Release

Don Willie named Director of Operations for The Point

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (Land Authority) announced today that it has hired a director of operations, Don Willie, to help manage development at The Point. Willie is a business expert with extensive experience managing complex, multimillion dollar projects across the state. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 1, 2023


Tweet of the Day #2

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  • 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, le.utah.gov
  • 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, le.utah.gov

On This Day In History 

  • 1898 - The US destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay.
  • 1900 - Mining disaster in Scofield, Utah, kills 200 people.
  • 1915 - The International Congress of Women adopts its resolutions on peace and women’s suffrage in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1918 - Grove Karl Gilbert, an American geologist who investigated Lake Bonneville in Utah, dies at age 74.
  • 1926 - Ford factory workers get a five-day, 40-hour work week.
  • 1931 - The Empire State Building is dedicated.
  • 2003 - In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln
  • 2021 - Helen Murray Free dies at 98. She was a chemist that developed a dip-and-read paper strip to test for diabetes.
  • 2022 - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads surprise congressional delegation to Ukraine to met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Quote of the Day

"People always get little boys chemistry sets. Get little girls chemistry sets."

—Dr. Helen Murray Free

On the Punny Side

What kind of exercise do lazy people do?

Diddly Squats


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