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COVID-19 Updates

KCPW is providing regular updates of the rapidly changing news on the novel coronavirus and its local impact. Check back here for info on cases, health restrictions, and more. Vaccines are currently available to Utahns age 12 or older. Contact your local health department to schedule a vaccination.

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Police shootings of minorities, lessons from polio, and Utah’s water use

A Salt Lake Tribune analysis shows Utah police disproportionately shoot at racial and ethnic minorities. Childhood polio survivors say that the unknown long-term effects of COVID-19 should concern us. And Utahns use more water than any Western state. Reforming the water-rate structure, experts say, could help. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Tribune reporters Paighten Harkins and […]

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COVID-19, Gabby Petito and the challenges of redistricting

Both Sides of the Aisle – Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, and on The Left by Shireen Ghorbani, former Salt Lake County Council member. They discuss the status of COVID-19 in Utah and the U.S., wasted vaccine doses, the LDS church not granting vaccine exemptions, the disappearance of […]

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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 funding stream for a train-to-truck facility. And Salt Lake City’s mayor puts foothills trail construction on hold to consider charting a different path. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen and […]

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How climate change is contributing to Western wildfires

(Original air date Sept. 16, 2020) Today on “In the Hive,” the ongoing western wildfire season has challenged the literal meaning of the proverb “where there’s smoke there’s fire.” Because, as Utahns have come to understand very well this summer, smoke can travel a long way from its point of origin. Climate scientist Peter Gleick […]

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