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FILE - A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah is one of several more states weighing proposals this year that would allow people to carry concealed guns without having to get a permit, a trend supporters say bolsters Second Amendment rights but is alarming to gun-control advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

Jan. 24, 2021 11:21 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Cox unveiled a plan Friday to ramp up Utah's COVID-19 vaccine distribution as the state sees a post-holiday surge in new cases. Cox, a Republican, said he will issue an executive order requiring facilities to allocate their doses the week they are received and have local health departments manage distribution, with an expectation of administering 50,000 doses a week. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

New Utah governor unveils vaccine plan amid holiday surge

Jan. 8, 2021 4:50 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Gov. Spencer Cox unveiled a plan Friday to ramp up Utah's COVID-19 vaccine distribution as the state sees a post-holiday surge in new cases. The Republican governor said he will issue an executive order requiring facilities to allocate their doses the week they are received and...

Utah Governor Spencer Cox takes his inaugural oath during an event at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah with his wife Abby at his side on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

New Utah governor calls for unity at inauguration ceremony

Jan. 4, 2021 6:45 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Spencer Cox called for unity amid “hateful rhetoric” in national political discourse after being sworn in Monday as Utah's first new governor in more than a decade. Cox denounced misinformation and division that he said have further taken hold throughout the...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives farewell speech

Dec. 29, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, whose term expires next week, has given his farewell speech as governor in a prerecorded video. The 10-minute speech released Monday called on state residents to “work together in a spirit of common decency and mutual respect” and addressed the...

Congress passes bill on Navajo Nation water rights in Utah

Dec. 23, 2020 11:52 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Congress has passed a long-awaited bill that would address water availability issues for residents living on the Navajo Nation in Utah who lack access to running water — a problem exacerbated by the pandemic. The Utah Navajo Water Rights Settlement Act was passed on Monday as...

Utah reports flu cases down, coronavirus cases up

Dec. 22, 2020 6:28 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials in Utah have said the state is in the lowest category of reported flu cases, along with much of the country as coronavirus cases are on the rise. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert made a push for residents to get the influenza A and B vaccine early in the season, KUTV-TV...

FILE - Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of AARP on Aug. 31, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Herbert is looking back on his 11-year tenure as his time as governor comes to an end.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Outgoing Utah governor reflects on 11-year term, pandemic

Dec. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gary Herbert has been in Utah’s highest office for over a decade, but his greatest challenge arrived less than a year ago. The coronavirus pandemic brought death, economic upheaval and even angry crowds outside his personal home, away from the governor's mansion. Herbert, a...

Utah records 30 deaths from COVID-19, a new single day high

Dec. 17, 2020 7:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state health officials reported 30 new deaths from the coronavirus Thursday, a new single day high that follows a monthlong surge in cases. The tally eclipsed the previous high of 21 deaths reported Nov. 24, state figures show. A total of 1,126 people have died from COVID-19...

Utah creates pact to help fund fight against racism

Dec. 16, 2020 2:03 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials have begun signing a new pact aimed at mitigating racism in institutions across the state. The Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion unveiled Tuesday will provide baselines for public policy changes and investments that will help reduce racism....