Behind The Headlines Archive

Undercounted school COVID cases, inland port’s rail plan, and trails debate

School coronavirus cases go undercounted as some parents refuse to report to Utah health officials. The Utah Inland Port pursues a new

Killing the death penalty, ‘fixing’ Utah Lake, and Donovan Mitchell vs. Stuart Adams

Utah lawmakers say they’ll try again to abolish capital punishment even as a county prosecutor says he’s already done pursuing the death

School masks, vaccine resistance, and stadium safety

The U.S. Department of Education launches an investigation into Utah’s law preventing schools from enacting mask mandates. Health officials hope personal stories

Paiute burials, Holland’s BYU talk and embattled school board member

Latter-day Saint apostle Jeffrey R. Holland criticizes BYU faculty members and students who challenge the faith’s teachings on same-sex marriage. A Utah

Masks in schools, misleading history lesson and Colorado River woes

Salt Lake City’s mayor pursues a mask order for schools to slow the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. History packets

SLCO mask health order reversal, LDS Church mask (and vaccine) endorsement, and new census figures

In a 6-3 party-line vote, the Salt Lake County Council votes to overturn the public health school mask order issued by county

Deluge, drought, anti-maskers and payday lenders

Devastating rainstorms don’t spell an end to Utah’s extreme drought. A Utah County official turns to a Facebook group to drum up

Utah’s Olympians, Lake Powell pipeline and Native American boarding schools

A new proposal seeks to provide a conservation-minded alternative to the controversial $1.8 billion Lake Powell pipeline. Members of the Indigenous-led organization

An alleged ‘Back the Blue’ hate crime, a bias settlement and police shootings

Garfield County prosecutors charge a woman with a hate crime for destroying a “Back the Blue” sign. Murray pays $152,000 to settle a lawsuit by a

Women’s equality in Utah, Spencer Cox’s bipartisan play, and the rising Delta variant

How the data on women’s equality in Utah has — and hasn’t — changed through the years. Gov. Spencer Cox joins President Joe Biden’s Council