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Don Gamble cleans up graffiti at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 31, 2020, following protests over the death of George Floyd. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.   (Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah police brutality groups reflect on volatile protests

May. 31, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A leading anti-police brutality activist in Utah condemned the destruction of property that occurred during a protest Saturday night in Salt Lake City. But he said broken buildings shouldn't be mourned on the same level as black men like George Floyd who are killed by police. ...

A protester looks on as a flipped over police vehicle burns Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Salt Lake City. People converged on downtown Salt Lake City, Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Curfew enforced after volatile protests in Salt Lake City

May. 31, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police enforcing a curfew largely cleared the streets of downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday night after a volatile day of protests over the death of George Floyd, while demonstrators who refused to leave were arrested. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall enacted the curfew —...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

County blocks planned COVID-19 protest concert in Utah

May. 28, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Tooele County has issued an order to close a local amphitheater in northern Utah, blocking a planned concert sponsored by activists opposed to coronavirus-related restrictions. The Tooele County Board of Health, the County Commission and the county health officer all issued a...

Mia Love backs Coleman to retake Congressional seat for GOP

May. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican congresswoman Mia Love has endorsed a state lawmaker who is one of four candidates hoping to win back the seat for the GOP. Love said Wednesday that Rep. Kim Coleman has been a tenacious contender against three other Republicans also competing for the party’s...

Utah mayor approves concert despite coronavirus restrictions

May. 15, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican Utah mayor will allow a country music concert protest event later this month, defying newly loosened health rules aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic. Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt acknowledged Thursday the May 30 event would violate current state directives but told...

A Catholic parishioner observe morning daily Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Friday, May 8, 2020, where a majority of the pews are taped off due to restrictions implemented to combat COVID-19. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah governor to relax coronavirus rules in much of state

May. 14, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will further relax coronavirus-related restrictions across much of the state, allowing team sports to resume, pools to open and groups of up to 50 people to gather, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday. Stricter rules will remain in several areas, including Salt Lake City, West...

FILE - Int his Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, the Utah State Capitol stands in Salt Lake City. The Utah Legislature is wrapping up its work for the year, capping off a session that saw major changes to the state's polygamy statute, a revision of a voter-approved redistricting law and a compromise on education funding. The 45-day meeting is ending in the shadow of the new coronavirus, which caused widespread cancellations but didn't cause major disruptions in legislative business. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah tax revenues could fall by over $1 billion next year

May. 13, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Revenues could be down more than a billion dollars in Utah’s budget next year due to the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating effects on the economy, lawmakers learned as they prepared for widespread budget cuts during a Wednesday hearing. State agencies will face cuts of...

Parents, university to enter mediation over daughter's death

May. 12, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The parents of slain track star agreed to discuss a possible settlement to their $56 million lawsuit against the University of Utah. The parents of Lauren McCluskey are scheduled to hold a video conference May 19 and 20 with the state attorney general’s office, which represents...

Utah elementary school to shift to four-day schedule in fall

May. 11, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State Board of Education approved a waiver to allow an elementary school to operate on a four-day per week schedule. Boulder Elementary School in Garfield County will make the shift beginning in the fall term, The Deseret News reported. The education board unanimously voted...