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

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) “They offered me nothing, ” said Marissa Root on Dec. 13, 2021, about the lack of resources and assistance she said she received from Utah Valley University and the University of Utah’s Title IX offices after she reported her sexual assault in 2019.

A college student sues two universities in Utah, alleging they offered no assistance after she was raped by a football player. Staffing shortages delay the opening of winter overflow shelter space meant to keep people off the frigid streets. And the federal Surface Transportation Board grants final approval for a Uinta Basin oil railway.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Brian Maffly, Bethany Rodgers and Courtney Tanner join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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