Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Aimee Winder Newton conducts a council meeting as Salt Lake County Council's new chair, and the council's first female chair, at the Salt Lake County Govenment Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 10.

How Salt Lake County plans to sharpen hate crime laws

Salt Lake County joined a handful of other Beehive State cities in calling for Utah lawmakers to create better laws to combat hate crimes, according to the Deseret News.

On Tuesday, the County Council approved a measure that would ask Utah lawmakers “to beef up laws to address crimes that target people because of their race, religion or sexual orientation,” the Deseret News reported.

County Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw told the Deseret News that he fully supports creating better laws that combat hate crimes.

"I ugly cried when I heard about it," he said. "I still get emotional thinking about it."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Another possible hepatitis outbreak in Utah

People who ate at a Sonic Drive-in or an Olive Garden restaurant in Spanish Fork may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to the Deseret News.

Anyone who visited those locations between Dec. 23 or 24 could have been affected, the Utah County Health Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

“An infected employee was working at those locations at the time, the department said. It warns that symptoms don't show up immediately and it is important to get a vaccine as soon as possible,” according to the Deseret News.

Vaccinations are available. You can visit the department’s website or call 801-851-HEPA for more information.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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President Nelson signs new Mormon mission calls

President Russell M. Nelson’s signature sat at the bottom of more than 1,150 mission call letters sent to young members of the LDS Church mailed out this week, according to the Deseret News.

The move symbolizes “the transition underway in church leadership,” the Deseret News reported.

Right now, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles leads the LDS Church as it prepares to transition to a new president. Nelson, as the senior apostle, is leading the quorum.

“Even when there’s an impending change in church leadership, the work of the church moves forward," President Nelson said in a news release Tuesday. "We don’t want to have our prospective missionaries wait for their calling any longer than is necessary for this much-anticipated milestone in their lives."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Judge says Trump must keep DACA

A California federal judge said on Tuesday that the Trump administration must keep the DACA program, which stops the government from deporting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally, according to The New York Times.

Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco issued a nationwide injunction for the White House to start the program again.

President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012, hoping it would give young immigrants a chance to find work in the United States.

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According to The New York Times, Trump called to end the program back in September. Lawmakers across the country debated heavily about whether or not it should end.

Read more at The New York Times.


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