News Clips for Sept. 21-23, 2019

The University of Utah’s response to the lawsuit filed by the parents of Lauren McCluskey: Dismiss everything

The University of Utah is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it by the parents of slain track star Lauren McCluskey, suggesting that — “no matter how heartbreaking” — its officers had no obligation to protect McCluskey from her attacker. In court papers filed late Friday, the school’s attorneys argue that her killer wasn’t a U. employee or student and had no connection to the university, so it is not responsible for his actions. And, they add, he was often on campus only because McCluskey had, at times, willingly invited him to her dorm room.

University of Utah asks judge to dismiss lawsuit filed in Lauren McCluskey’s death

The University of Utah filed a motion Friday asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lauren McCluskey’s parents, arguing that the slain student’s family does not have grounds to sue the school. The McCluskey family filed the $56 million lawsuit against the university in June, saying the University of Utah had not taken responsibility for the death of their daughter last October at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Melvin Rowland. The complaint also names as defendants the then-chief of the university’s police department, three other officers, and three university housing employees.

Like many U.S. cities, Salt Lake finds it ‘can’t build way out’ of affordable housing shortage

Right before the housing market crashed in 2008, tumbling America into the Great Recession, the average apartment rent in Salt Lake County peaked at a little over $800. A decade later, Salt Lake County’s average rent has escalated — at over $1,150 a month and climbing — and researchers don’t see any end in sight, analysts from the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute told the Salt Lake City Council last week when reviewing the institute’s latest housing report.

Over 65? Utah doctor advises yearly memory test

For the first time, the nation’s leading group of brain doctors is recommending everyone age 65 and older receive a yearly memory assessment. “Up to now, it has been common for physicians to overlook memory complaints, or at least not seek if there’s a memory problem. And many physicians have felt that they shouldn’t be looking for such problems and didn’t know what to do when they found such problems,” explained Dr. Norman Foster, professor in the Department of Neurology and senior investigator of The Brain Institute at the University of Utah.

Public Lands Go For $2 An Acre At Auction. And Sometimes Even Less.

While the President has some discretion over the BLM’s leasing program, Congress has more control, according to Robert Keiter, a law professor and director of the University of Utah’s Wallace Stegner Center. “Congress has final say over what happens on public lands,” he said. “They could speed up the oil and gas leasing process or they could put the brakes on it, with additional constraints in the leasing process itself or additional environmental analysis requirements.”