News Clips for October 3-6, 2020

Electrified transportation: Why it matters for Utah’s Olympic future

Utah is the U.S. candidate for a future Winter Games, perhaps as early as 2030, so there is good reason for a whole host of players to be heavily invested in boosting the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state.

University of Utah proceeding as planned for VP debate Wednesday

The vice presidential debate Wednesday is still proceeding as planned for now after President Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis, according to the University of Utah. The university is hosting the event in Salt Lake City on Oct. 7. A university spokesman said Friday that anybody who requests access to the security perimeter and those in the debate hall must test negative for the coronavirus and wear a mask at all times.

After Biden’s Exposure to Trump, His Team Is Cagey on Health Questions

With transparency on health newly significant in the presidential race, Joe Biden’s safety protocols have remained largely under wraps. But on Sunday evening, his campaign said he had again tested negative for the coronavirus.

Pence Tests Negative for Virus and Will Debate With Harris Next Week

With President Trump’s positive coronavirus test, Vice President Mike Pence will take on a more prominent campaign role and represent him at events.

Lawmakers push to end Utah’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

As the nation grappled with the news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test on Friday — and as cases continue to surge in Utah — conservative Utah lawmakers are exploring an effort to end Utah’s declared state of emergency and rein in Gov. Gary Herbert’s executive powers.

‘Black Lives in a Jewish Context’ series to be presented virtually

A museum and program of Florida International University are partnering to host a virtual series called “Black Lives in a Jewish Context.”

'Apocalyptic Bingo': A Governor Copes With the COVID Crisis

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert took office during the depths of the Great Recession and is leaving while a pandemic is raging. For all that, he remains optimistic about his growing state.

Are there government policies that will help the American family? We asked the experts

The Deseret News asked experts across the political spectrum about policies that could benefit American families most.

Use of Coronavirus Rapid Tests May Have Fueled White House Covid-19 Cluster, Experts Say

The administration has relied on testing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in its ranks, while forgoing other mitigation strategies.

Coronavirus in Utah: 1,393 new cases — the second-highest daily count of the pandemic

In Sunday’s coronavirus update, the Utah Department of Health reported 1,393 new cases statewide — the second-highest daily total of the pandemic, behind only Sept. 25′s report.

SCOTUS Takes on ‘Very Technical Stuff’ in State Water Dispute

The Supreme Court delved into a complex water dispute Monday, puzzling over Texas and New Mexico’s latest squabble over how to share water from the Pecos River.

COVID-19 Testing Moves Indoors Before Winter Season

Since May, Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah have been working together to test patients at the Intermountain Park City Hospital. Those tests have been administered at drive-in clinics in the parking lot.

Stanford postdoc helps to spearhead movement to free patented technology for COVID-19 fight

Months ago, when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic, Ariel Ganz, PhD, began searching for a way to help. In her quest to contribute, Ganz, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford Medicine, reached out to past and present mentors to connect with like-minded scientists who also wanted to make a difference in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Department honors Utah victims’ rights lawyer

The U.S. Department of Justice is honoring a longtime victims rights lawyer in Utah. The department’s Office for Victims of Crime announced Monday it has awarded University of Utah law professor Paul Cassell the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.

U of U details closures, restrictions in effect for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate

Road closures and other restrictions will be in effect for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence at Kingsbury Hall, officials said.

U of U Health Systems to remain fully operational during vice presidential debate

The University of Utah Health Systems will remain fully operational during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate which is set to take place on the University of Utah campus.

Security tightens around U of U in preparation for debate and protesters

On Monday, two days before the vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, crews installed cement barricades and a non-scalable fence around the debate venue. It’s one of two fences that will make up the security perimeter for the event.

University of Utah releases commuter impact from accommodating VP Debate on Wednesday

Road closures, transit detours, and inaccessible parking lots near Presidents Circle at the University of Utah are expected as the Vice Presidential Debate approaches on Wednesday.