News Clips for Jan. 10, 2019

Only two states had fertility levels above replacement levels in 2017. Utah was one of them.

Just two states — South Dakota and Utah — had a total fertility rate above replacement level in 2017, according to a new federal report.

Panel backs plan to change peak near Utah border from name of Confederate States president

A state board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological area important to a native tribe instead of honoring a Confederate leader from the Civil War.

How should Utah use the $100 million earmarked for air quality improvements? Experts weigh in

As Utah finds itself mired in another winter inversion, experts Wednesday proposed a series of solutions to Utah’s air quality problem at an event hosted by the University of Utah’s Gardner Policy Institute in conjunction with the Deseret News and the Utah Clean Air Partnership.

In case you didn’t know, 8 ways Utah’s winter inversions are killing you

Winter is here, and so are the dreaded winter inversions that cap and trap pollution all along the Wasatch Front. Before you dismiss this as a simple drawback of the season, consider that the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, Utah, area ranks eighth worst in the nation for air quality, according to the American Lung Association.

Pesticide, metal exposure tied to increased risk of heart disease

Workers who are exposed to pesticides or metals on the job may be significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, a U.S. study suggests.

Jill McCluskey: The University of Utah didn’t take our daughter’s concerns seriously, and it’s not holding anyone accountable

My husband and I thought our daughter was safe. Lauren was a model student athlete at the University of Utah with an outstanding GPA. However, she briefly dated the wrong person, who lied to her about his identity, age and criminal sex-offender past for which he served a 10-year prison sentence. She found out about his lies from an internet search and ended their brief relationship on Oct. 9, 2018.

Despite renewed criticism from the mother of slain student Lauren McCluskey, the University of Utah sticks to its plan for improving safety — without discipline

In a new commentary, the mother of slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey said the school mishandled her daughter’s case — and has failed to hold anyone accountable for its failure to respond with urgency to the track athlete’s concerns. Also covered in KUTV, Standard Examiner, ABC 4, Fox13, Moscow-Pullman Daily News