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Friday morning, July 31, 2020

One Day To Go, Utah Closing In On August COVID Goal

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he’s pleased, but not ready to celebrate the recent decline of new COVID cases in the state. Health officials reported 502 new cases of the disease Thursday, bringing the state closer to its goal of 500 average daily cases by Aug. 1. Officials also announced nine more people died due to the disease. 300 Utahns have now passed away since the start of the pandemic. — Ross Terrell

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Romney Introduces Legislation To Extend Federal Unemployment Assistance

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced a bill Thursday to extend federal unemployment benefits for the next three months. As part of the CARES Act, some workers who are unemployed due to the pandemic received an extra $600 a week, but that expired earlier this month. In a press release, Romney said people who have relied on the extra money shouldn’t be “left in limbo” while Congress debates its next response to the pandemic. The legislation would authorize states to either immediately supply people with 80% of lost wages. Or, on a sliding scale, $500 a week in August which would drop to $300 a week in October. — Emily Means

Morgan County Election Comes Down To … Drawing A Name?

A month after the June primary election, the Republican winner for a Morgan County Council seat was decided Thursday night. They didn’t get any new votes or do a recount — it came down to chance. To break a perfect tie, four local judges drew names out of a bowl. The County Clerk said the event, which hasn’t happened in Utah in at least 30 years, was a reminder that every vote counts. — Sonja Hutson 

Salt Lake City Schools Approve Reopening Plans

Salt Lake City students will continue online learning when they go back to school Sept. 8. The city’s school district made the decision Thursday night. Larry Madden, the district’s superintendent, said remote learning will look different in the fall than it did when the coronavirus pandemic first closed schools. He said schools will have more resources to help with mental health. The district also has nearly 13,000 laptops to distribute to students who don’t have computers. As for in-person teaching, Salt Lake school officials said they will only move to hybrid learning if the positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in the county and the rolling 7-day average of new cases drop below a certain level. — Jessica Lowell

Officers Stop Semi Truck, Find 341 Pounds Of Marijuana

Two people face federal charges after law enforcement found more than 300 pounds of marijuana in a semi-truck in Utah. Officers found the drugs at the Utah Port of Entry along I-80 near Wendover. The truck registered as overweight…

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