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FILE - In this May 30, 2020 file photo protesters demonstrate in Salt Lake City. Utah is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases about a month after many businesses were allowed to reopen, leading state health officials to issue renewed pleas for people to maintain social distancing. Recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have brought hundreds of people together in downtown Salt Lake City, adding to concerns about a rise in cases in the coming days and weeks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

COVID-19 cases spike in Utah a month after reopenings

Jun. 3, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

Utah is experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 cases about a month after many businesses were allowed to reopen, leading the state’s epidemiologist to issue a renewed plea Wednesday for people to maintain social distancing and exercise caution. Recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in...

Utah National Guard members are shown, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Approximately 200 Utah National Guard members have been activated by order of Utah Governor, Gary R. Herbert, to assist local law enforcement agencies in response to violence and looting in downtown Salt Lake City to deter criminal activity and protect life and property. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Officials call protest in Salt Lake City 'mostly peaceful'

Jun. 2, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful protest over George Floyd's death made its way through downtown Salt Lake City after the mayor announced a new weeklong curfew. Demonstrators gathered outside the city's police headquarters on Monday and convinced several officers to kneel with them, The Salt Lake...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., speaks during the Utah Gubernatorial Republican Primary Debate in Salt Lake City. Huntsman Jr. has one of the most recognizable names in the state as a former popular governor and son of a billionaire philanthropist. He stepped down as U.S. ambassador to Russia under Donald Trump to return to Utah and make a run and reclaiming his seat. (Ivy Ceballo/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Utah governor race has conservative coronavirus fault lines

Jun. 2, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A few months ago, the crowded contest for the Republican nomination in Utah’s first wide-open governor's race in more than a decade was about how to manage the state’s breakneck growth. Now, it's showcasing conservative fault lines over the coronavirus crisis response...

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 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: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

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 11:51 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 she said broken buildings shouldn't be mourned on the same level as black men like George Floyd who are killed by police. ...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo, Tammy Reid laughs while getting out of her truck to help Savanah Hendershott, a vet technician, return Blue, her 1-year-old Great Dane, after a visit to Sugar House Veterinary Hospital in Salt Lake City. The hospital is open to pets only amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pet owners are asked to call the hospital and wait in the parking lot for a technician to walk their pets inside and return them after their appointment. (Ivy Ceballo/The Deseret News via AP)

Veterinary care for animals goes curbside during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pepper was a bit under the weather after eating a cheeseburger that had been slipped to him by the grandkids. Willie needed his staples out of his paw after he had a skin tag removed. Blue had a rash, needed her paw checked and had a follow-up appointment after being spayed. While...

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...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo people gather during the Utah Business Revival rally, calling for Utah's economy to be re-opened, in Salt Lake City. A Utah judge has blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided Friday, May 29, 2020, there was a real risk of spreading the virus among the audience and others they could bring it back to. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

Coronavirus protest concert blocked by Utah judge

May. 29, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions Friday, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided there was a real risk of spreading the virus within the...

People line up outside the Utah Department of workforce Services Monday, April 13, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Congress, the Trump administration and the Federal Reserve have mounted the largest financial intervention in history a full-scale drive that includes mandating sick leave for some, distributing $1,200 checks to individuals, allocating rescue aid to employers and expanding unemployment benefits to try to help America survive the crisis. Yet those measures are only temporary. And for millions of newly unemployed, they may not be enough. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Unemployment at 165k, but new claims down as Utah reopens

May. 28, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More people have now applied for unemployment in Utah during the coronavirus pandemic than the previous three years combined, though the number of new claims are decreasing as the state economy reopens, officials said Thursday. Nearly 5,500 more people applied for unemployment last...