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People wait in line to rebook flights at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport , Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Atlanta. Power has been restored at the nation's busiest airport after a Sunday blackout caused by a fire stranded thousands of passengers and grounded at least 1,500 flights. (AP Photo John Amis)

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 18.

Why drug court enrollment is declining

A Deseret News investigation of the drug courts in all 50 states revealed Utah is one of several states that have seen drug court enrollments fall, according to the Deseret News.

Drug courts are often considered a successful method of helping addicts get clean. President Donald Trump promised to expand the country’s drug courts amid an ongoing opioid crisis, which has spread across the country.

States have seen significant decreases in drug court enrollment. For example, King County in Washington saw a 34 percent decrease in 2008. Drug court programs in California saw close to a 50 percent decrease as well.

Dr. Anna Lembke, chief of the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, said she’s concerned about the decrease.

“For many of my patients, their only period of sustained sobriety was while enrolled in drug court,” she said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Hatch slams process to study medical marijuana

Sen. Orrin Hatch condemned the government’s “regulatory acrobatics” for studying medical marijuana over the weekend, according to the Deseret News.

Hatch, who has expressed support for studying medical marijuana’s effects, said the government makes it too hard to conduct research on the plant.

Hatch said it could take a year for researchers to receive approval.

"Under current law, those who want to complete research on the benefits of medical marijuana must engage in a complex application process and interact with several federal agencies. … The longer researchers have to wait, the longer patients have to suffer," Hatch said on Friday.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Mitchell in the dunk contest?

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is totally down to compete in the NBA's slam dunk contest, according to the Deseret News.

Mitchell said he has thought about competing in the NBA’s dunk contest, which happens every year at the NBA All-Star Weekend.

“It would be great, but I haven’t paid any attention to that whatsoever,” Mitchell said. “Not even the whole weekend. That’s not even been on my head at all. People bring it up, but I don’t even like to entertain it. I just focus on the task at hand.”

Mitchell previously competed in the BallIsLife All American Game dunk contest and won the 2015 Derby Basketball Classic dunk championship before he was an NBA player.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Trouble of Atlanta airport

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta experienced a power outage on Sunday, slowing the world’s busiest airport to a standstill, according to NBC News.

The airport lost power at about 1 p.m. EST on Sunday. Passengers were left trapped both in the airport and in airplanes.

The airport canceled 1,173 flights and delayed another 200 as of Sunday night. Delta said it planned to cancel another 300 flights, NBC reported.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said a fire caused the power outage.

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"I want to express my sincere apologies to the thousands of passengers whose day has been disrupted in this manner," Reed said during a news conference. "We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away."

Read more at NBC News.


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