Utah’s coronavirus surge, ongoing protests over a police shooting, and the Utah governor’s race

Positive cases of the coronavirus continue to surge in Utah as officials grapple with a response. And science is clear: face coverings help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Why were health leaders wishy-washy about recommending them at first?

For the past week, protesters have been at the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office every evening to protest the death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, and pledge to do so until a report is released.

And Utah’s four Republican candidates for governor have together spent more than $6.5 million, and most of them have powered their campaigns with whopping cash infusions from political allies, special interests and their personal or family fortunes. A look inside who is funding them.

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