Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 11.
Concerns rise over hepatitis A outbreak
Utah County health officials said Wednesday that they’re worried the recent hepatitis A outbreak in the Beehive State might affect people once believed to not be at risk, according to the Deseret News.
People who visited a 7-Eleven in West Jordan, as well as an Olive Garden and Sonic Drive-In in Spanish Fork, were believed to be at risk, health officials said.
Now, the size of those exposed may be bigger, said Aislynn Tolman-Hill, spokeswoman for the Utah County Health Department.
"I think this is a good indication that it could be moving from a more defined population potentially into a grayer (area), which certainly is a concern," Tolman-Hill said. "And that's something we really do want to limit as much as possible. That is something that is really a concern for everyone and certainly for food establishments to take into consideration."
Read more at Deseret News.
- 2,000 customers at West Jordan convenience store may have been exposed to hepatitis A
Dramatic video shows wild police shootout
Video footage captured a dramatic and wild shootout with police on I-15, according to the Deseret News.
More than 75 shots were exchanged between police and a man who law enforcement officials believed shot a man in Aurora, Colorado, the Deseret News reported.
Two videos of the events were released.
The shooting occurred after Arturo Gallemore-Jimenez shot open his truck window. Police spotted Gallemore-Jimenez and made the traffic stop because of the gunshot.
“Without warning, the video depicts Gallemore-Jimenez firing three rounds at the officers. All five officers returned fire,” according to the Deseret News.
Read more at the Deseret News.
Romney’s friend says he will announce Senate bid … next week?
A close friend of Mitt Romney said that the 2012 presidential candidate will announce he’s running for senator in Utah next week, the Deseret News reported.
Kem Gardner, a real estate developer who knows Romney, told the Deseret News that Romney is preparing the groundwork so he can kick off his senate run.
"He's not announcing until he's in a position to announce," she said. "I think he wants to run, but he wants to be prepared to run."
Romney will speak at Tuesday's Utah Economic Outlook and Policy Summit next week, but he likely won’t mention the Senate run, Gardner said.
"He's giving a speech to the (Salt Lake) Chamber. I'm the one who asked him to do it," Gardner said. "He's been working hard on his speech. It's not a political speech" but one focused on economics.
Read more at the Deseret News.
- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's time to 'hang up the gloves'
Trump releases plan on Medicaid work
The Trump administration made its first move to allow work requirements to Medicaid, one of the first major moves the administration made toward the U.S. health care system, according to Axios.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said that its new guidelines “will support state efforts to test incentives that make participation in work or other community engagement a requirement for continued Medicaid eligibility.”
According to Axios, this means that conservatives can pull back Medicaid “in a more conservative direction, after the Affordable Care Act dramatically expanded the program.”
The work requirements will be imposed on those who are not disabled, Axios reported.Comment on this story
“Many people are not technically enrolled in Medicaid due to a disability but are in fact disabled. CMS says states will still have to comply with federal civil rights laws to ensure that disabled people are not wrongfully denied coverage,” Axios reported.
Read more here.
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