News Clips for Jan. 28, 2020

Utah doctor speaks on coronavirus threat

There are now five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Doctors have stressed that the immediate risk to Americans is low, but health leaders are taking aggressive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the US.

Kobe Helicopter Tried to Climb to Avoid Clouds Before Crash

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before plunging more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) into a hillside, an accident investigator said.


This month, Utah Business partnered with Holland & Hart to host a roundtable event featuring banking leaders to discuss the impact of millennials on banking institutions, and the future of banking. Moderated by Sherilyn Olsen, partner at Holland & Hart, here are a few highlights from the event.

Letter: New plan to deal with climate change in Utah is a breath of fresh air

I awoke on a recent January morning to a dense inversion of smog — fog combined with the too familiar visible haze of pollution we all see in the Salt Lake and most Utah valleys year round, winter and summer.

State seeks to dismiss Lauren McCluskey’s parents’ lawsuit against University of Utah

State attorneys want a federal judge to toss a lawsuit the parents of slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey filed against former and current campus police and housing officials.

State health department braces for coronavirus in Utah

The Utah Department of Health is mobilizing a team to prepare for coronavirus after the deadly illness was confirmed in four U.S. states.

New species of meat-eating dinosaur discovered in Utah

Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new species of meat-eating dinosaur in Utah. The first specimen of the dinosaur, recently named Allosaurus jimmadseni, was uncovered in Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah in the early 1990s, according to the University of Utah. The dinosaur, which roamed western North America 157 million to 152 million years ago, is the oldest species of Allosaurus, experts say.

Salt Lake City’s air quality is nation’s 7th worst among large metro areas

The air over the Salt Lake Valley has become cleaner in recent years, even as Utah’s urban core gets more crowded and covered in more asphalt, with more cars driving more miles.

Avalanche airbags can save lives, but experts say in the end, Mother Nature is in charge

Chase Adams was snowmobiling with his father in the northern Wasatch Mountains when he decided to climb a steep hill above Farmington Lake.

Study Sees Rise in Lonely Americans, and the Workplace Might Play a Part

More than 60 percent of Americans report feeling lonely, left out, poorly understood, and lacking companionship, according to a recent report by Cigna Insurance. Male and younger workers bear the heaviest burden—and workplace culture may be a large contributing factor.

Rep. to introduce mascot resolution

A lawmaker representing Franklin County, plans to introduce a non-binding resolution supporting the use of Native American symbols by schools or others and that they shouldn’t be changed without a public process that ensures “there is a consensus amongst the affected individual Native American or other indigenous people that a name, image, or symbol should be removed.”

Fish Oil Supplements Tied to Sperm Health

A new study suggests that men who take fish oil supplements might get a boost in fertility. Fish oil supplements are known to be high in omega-3 fatty acids and are said to help increase sperm count.