Mink farms, teen treatment centers and capital punishment

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hedlund white mink in pens on Black Aura Mink farm, Jan. 29, 2022. The farm raises mostly black mink, which are worth the most money, in addition to Mahogany, Silver blue and Hedlund while mink breeds and hopes to produce some 12,000 mink pelts this year.

A push to eliminate the death penalty in Utah fails to advance at this year’s meeting of state lawmakers. A teen treatment center in Utah County could face closure after state regulators say a girl died after not receiving proper medical care. And scientists fear mink farms could be incubating worrisome coronavirus variants. So why do Utah mink farmers say the future looks bright for their industry?

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