Ravell Call, Deseret News
The Utah State Prison and surrounding development is shown near the Point of the Mountain on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Nov. 29.

North Korea says it launched a missile

North Korea said on Tuesday that it successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the U.S. mainland, according to BBC News.

North Korea said the country has become a nuclear state after it launched its “most powerful” missile to date, flying higher than any other missile previously tested.

The international community condemned the test, inspiring the U.N. Security Council to invoke an emergency session to talk through these developments, BBC reported.

President Donald Trump, who’s been caught in a feud with North Korea, had a measured response: "We will take care of it."

Read more at BBC.

Point of the Mountain could require heavy investment

A new report outlined five different scenarios on how to handle the transportation and housing along I-15 during construction of the new Point of the Mountain development, the Deseret News reported.

The new report said an “explosive growth” along the Point of the Mountain is possible, but it could cost taxpayers close to $10 billion for improvements over the next 30 years.

Failure to receive that amount of money “could result in higher housing costs, longer commutes, worse air quality and lost wage growth,” the Deseret News reported.

Commission member and Governor's Office of Economic Development Executive Director Val Hale said residents should prepare to make sure these changes happen because they’re vital to development.

"These changes will require a paradigm shift," Hale said. "Housing is becoming a very critical issue. By the late 2020s an average home here could cost around $800,000 if we're not careful."

Read more at Deseret News.

Trump to visit Salt Lake City

President Donald Trump will visit Salt Lake City on Monday to announce new national monument reductions, according to the Deseret News.

Trump will specifically announced reductions to both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Sen. Orrin Hatch said he’s happy Trump will visit Utah to make this announcement.

"I'm thrilled the president has accepted my invitation to come to Utah to discuss critical issues that matter to my constituents," Hatch said Tuesday.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Curtis introduces first bill

Utah Rep. John Curtis introduced his first bill to Congress on Tuesday, just weeks after he was elected, according to the Deseret News.

The Republican, who filled the 3rd Congressional District seat left vacant by Jason Chaffetz, sponsored a bill that looks to save “endangered fish recovery programs in the Upper Colorado and San Juan rivers,” according to the Deseret News.

"This important, bipartisan bill will continue to promote the recovery of these endangered fish species while ensuring access to these critical water sources for everything from irrigation to recreation," he said.

NBC fires Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct

NBC News fired Matt Lauer on Wednesday after an employee at NBC filed a complaint about inappropriate sexual misconduct in the workplace, according to CNN.

Lauer’s co-host on the “Today” show, Savannah Guthrie, announced the decision at the beginning of the show.

NBC said in a statement that this was the first complaint filed against Lauer in his 20-year career.

But NBC also said this may not have been an isolated incident. Both New York Times and Variety were working on stories about Lauer before this news broke, CNN reported.

Read more at CNN.


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