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BYU head coach Dave Rose, right, talks to his team during a time out in the first half of an NCAA basketball game against UMass, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 22.

Poll says Mormons, Utahns support medical marijuana

A new poll from UtahPolicy.com found that 73 percent of Utahns favor legalizing medical marijuana, according to the Deseret News.

Majorities of Republicans and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported the idea, too.

Only 23 percent of the 600 people surveyed said they opposed the idea of legalizing medical marijuana. In total, 61 percent of Republicans and the same amount of Mormons said they were in favor of legalization.

Currently, a ballot initiative called the Utah Patients Coalition hopes to gather signatures so Utahns could vote on legalization in November 2018.

"It's in line with exactly what's been coming back the past year or so, with Utahns overwhelmingly supporting medical cannabis," said DJ Schanz, director of the coalition. "(Utahns) realize that this just isn't an ethereal solution, but it's a very tangible solution to many of their problems, and many of these people know folks who have success using cannabis for treating their conditions."

Read more at the Deseret News.

No more face scans at airports?

Utah Sen. Mike Lee said Thursday he wants to stop the Department of Homeland Security from using facial recognition technology, according to the Deseret News.

Lee said the scanning program violates Americans’ privacy.

Lee and Sen. Edward Markley, D-Mass., sent a letter to Homeland Security saying Congress never authorized such a technology and called for the department to delay using facial recognition.

"American citizens should not have to choose between traveling internationally and ensuring the security of their personal data," the senators wrote.

Read more at the Deseret News.

BYU cruises to seventh-straight win

No slowing down for Brigham Young University basketball.

The Cougars cruised to their seventh-straight win Thursday night, beating Idaho State 85-71, according to the Deseret News.

Sophomore forward Payton Dastrup scored a career-high 14 points in a game that began close before BYU blew the flood lanes open.

Dastrup shot 5 for 5 from the field in the win.

The two teams were close in the first 10 minutes. But the Cougars went on a 17-4 run in the first half to secure the lead.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Papa John’s CEO steps down

"Pizza titan" John Schnatter is stepping down from his position as chief executive officer of Papa John’s, according to USA Today.

Schnatter, who founded the delivery pizza chain in 1984, said he will remain as chairman of the board. His decision to step down as CEO will take effect Jan. 1.

Schnatter recently faced controversy when he said NFL players who knelt during the national anthem negatively affected his business, USA Today reported.

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“At the very least, it was distracting and I’m wondering whether this was board-driven or if it was John’s choice,” restaurant consultant John Gordon of the Pacific Management Consulting Group told USA Today.

Read more at USA Today.

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