Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 13.
Protests over CHIP
Two dozen protesters had a request for Sen. Orrin Hatch — keep the health insurance program for children from low-income families, according to the Deseret News.
Benjamin Luks-Morgan, an organizer with Jewish Action Utah — Bend the Arc, used Hanukkah to inspire Hatch.
"Hanukkah calls on us to be holy in our actions," he said. "We want you to make good on your promise to get (Children's Health Insurance Program) funded."
The protesters gathered at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City. The group said Congress not acting on the CHIP program “goes against the holiday's spirit of helping those in need, and that it puts thousands of Utah families at risk,” according to the Deseret News.
Venezuelan judges orders charges against Utah man
A Venezuelan judged ordered a trial for a Utah man on weapons charges, according to the Associated Press.
Joshua Holt of Riverton was arrested 18 months ago. His mother recently offered a plea, asking for the country to help her son, who’s faced a severe illness as of late.
Judge Ana Maria Gamuza formally ruled on the recent charges, leaving his mother devastated.
"I'm totally devastated. I don't even know what to think" Laurie Holt told The Associated Press. "I can't understand how they can send a young kid who's completely innocent to trial and feel good about that."
Read more at Deseret News.
Doug Jones pulls off historic victory
Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a historic victory in Alabama on Tuesday night, with multiple polls and media websites projecting Jones as the winner, according to the Deseret News.
Jones’ opponent, Judge Roy Moore, did not concede early on in the evening. He said he wanted to see the final results before making a decision.
"We have to wait on God and let this process play out," he said, adding that Alabama requires an automatic recount of the vote count has a 0.5 percent margin.
Projections gave Jones a 1.5 percent advantage Tuesday night.
Read more at the Deseret News.
Legislator join together over Utah County commissioner
Four Utah legislators joined together on Tuesday to call for Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves to resign after a recent county investigation of his behavior, according to the Deseret News.
An investigation of county employees found Graves is “a bully with explosive and vulgar tendencies,” the Deseret News reported.
Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, and Reps. Brad Daw, R-Orem, and Norm Thurston, R-Provo, all signed a letter that called for him to resign.5 comments on this story
"We see no need to debate the merits of any particular allegation; the sheer volume of negative evidence included in the county investigator's report, public accounts and first-person testimony over the past few weeks has left us fully convinced that your comportment and interactions with county staff employees in a public workplace have been unacceptable by any standard," the letter states. "As such, we have lost all confidence in your capacity to continue serving the citizens of Utah County."
Read more at the Deseret News.
Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure [Reuters]
Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital [BBC]
A quick guide to Italy’s upcoming general election [Quartz]
South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China [Reuters]
Social media "ripping apart" society, former Facebook executive says [CBS News]