News Clips for October 16-21, 2020

Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states, but responses by leaders are miles apart, with officials in Ireland, France and elsewhere imposing curfews and restricting gatherings even as some U.S. governors resist mask mandates or more aggressive measures.

Weber State launches social work master's program to address shortages in workforce

Weber State University has been considering adding a social work master’s program for years. After multiple reports on the shortage of social workers in Utah and a push from community health organizations, the school will welcome its first social work graduate cohort in 2021.

‘Overwhelmed’: Hospitals engulfed by rebounding virus

The pandemic is spawning new infections at a rate not seen since the end of July.

Remote workers create ‘Zoom towns’ as locals begin to suffer

As the coronavirus spread, gateway communities communities near scenic public lands, national parks and other outdoor recreational amenities felt acute economic pressure as the virus forced them to shut down tourist activities.

Inaccurate Census count could affect $1.5 trillion in federal funding

Highway construction. Food stamps. Rural education. Medicare. The federal government relies on data derived from the decennial census to distribute roughly $1.5 trillion in funds for these programs, along with more than 300 others. The money goes to state and local governments, non-profits, businesses and households across the nation.

We need universal digital ad transparency now

15 researchers propose a new standard for advertising disclosures

The great hypocrisy of California using Indigenous practices to curb wildfires

The state has yet to reckon with its colonial past and the environmental injustices it wrought.


I don’t know about you, but I sure do enjoy watching Werner Herzog’s documentaries and we have a trailer for his latest film to share with you, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds.


Scientists have solved a fundamental problem that had prevented a “miracle material” from being used in next-generation solar cells.

A child’s presence at school doesn’t automatically enroll them in a WHO vaccine program

A Facebook post implies that sending your child to school will automatically enroll them in one of the World Health Organization’s vaccination programs.

U of U sends safety warning after reported on-campus sexual assault

Officials with the University of Utah sent out a campus safety warning on Saturday at 11:35 p.m., warning of a reported sexual assault on campus. According to University officials, The University of Utah Police Department was notified of a sexual assault between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of S. Mario Capecchi Dr.

Conservatives confront moral dilemma of vaccines and treatments derived from fetal tissue cells

The race to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 has newly highlighted a longstanding dilemma for religious conservatives: much of the cutting-edge research relies on the use of material derived from human fetal tissue -- something they have spent years fighting against.

Burgess Owens makes race central to his campaign in appeal to white conservative voters

During her campaigns and throughout her time in office, former Utah Rep. Mia Love — who in 2014 was elected to become the first Black Republican woman in Congress — often resisted efforts to talk about race.

Investigation underway into damage at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Damage to Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is being investigated after zoo staff say members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Utah damaged decorations and fencing.

Lauren’s Promise: Over 70 professors add McCluskey statement to syllabus

It has been almost two years since the murder of Lauren McCluskey on the University of Utah campus. Her mother, Jill McCluskey, and others have worked to not let what happened to Lauren slip into the shadows by introducing what they call ‘Lauren’s Promise’.

U of U says reported sexual assault took place on Fort Douglas Military Reserve

The University of Utah said Tuesday afternoon investigators have determined a sexual assault that reportedly took place Saturday afternoon occurred on the Fort Douglas Military Reserve.

“Zoom Towns” Are Booming

The pandemic is turning vacation destinations into real estate hot spots—especially out West.

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Earlier this month, a storm front swept across the Great Plains of the United States, plowing up a wall of dust that could be seen from space, stretching from eastern Colorado into Nebraska and Kansas. It was a scene straight from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when farmers regularly saw soil stripped from their fields and whipped up into choking blizzards of dust.

The Art And Science Of Polling With Morgan Lyon Cotti On Tuesday's Access Utah

Next time on Access Utah, we’ll preview the upcoming election with Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. We’ll talk about the art and science of polling, vote by mail, projected voter participation rates, and what’s on your 2020 ballot, including several proposed constitutional amendments.

Can regular COVID-19 patients get Trump’s treatments?

When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout.

‘At a breaking point’: New surge of Covid-19 cases has states, hospitals scrambling, yet again

Here we go again. As hospitalizations for Covid-19 inch up around the country, some states are readying plans for field hospitals.

Students Share Their Mental Health Struggles Since COVID-19 Pandemic Hit

Being a teenager can be difficult no matter what, and the pandemic is making it even harder. With school closures, canceled events and the risk of getting sick, kids are dealing with all kinds of new issues, and it’s affecting their mental health.