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COVID spike, mask mandates and navigating ambiguity for queer Latter-day Saints

With Utah coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations at record levels, health officials turn to mask requirements to try to stem the tide. Meanwhile, Utah’s

COVID soars, Sundance Film Festival pulls back, and Utah’s newest city

For the second day running, the Utah Department of Health reports the state’s highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the

Pandemic, polarization, police shootings and more — a look back at 2021

This week, we revisit the stories that defined 2021: In its second year, a global pandemic continued to take a toll. Political

Lawsuit over rape report targets two Utah schools and staff shortages hit shelter services

A college student sues two universities in Utah, alleging they offered no assistance after she was raped by a football player. Staffing

More BYU Honor Code intrigue, USU sex assault controversy

Newly released records reveal that it was “standard practice” for Brigham Young University police to help with Honor Code surveillance at the school —

Election audit, Utah Lake makeover and Parleys quarry

Utah lawmakers push for an election integrity audit — despite a lack of evidence of fraud. A project that aims to dredge Utah Lake to

A new variant, censorship accusations, Utah’s redlining consequences

Nine books are removed from libraries in one school district — prompting accusations of censorship. Scientists work to better understand the omicron variant of the

Shelter angst, transgender sports, ballet dispute and COVID boosters

A “frustrated” Salt Lake City Council authorizes a winter overflow shelter for the homeless at a location on the west side. A legislative proposal

Redistricting, racism in schools and vaccine mandates

The death of a 10-year-old Black girl by suicide intensifies the spotlight on racism and bullying in Utah schools. State lawmakers approve controversial electoral maps, greenlight a name

Election results, vaccines for younger kids, and a new Utah dam

Utah officials make plans to build a reservoir that would hold Bear River water to feed urban growth along the Wasatch Front. How the Centers