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Ruth Watkins is introduced as the new president of the University of Utah after a unanimous vote by the Utah State Board of Regents during meeting at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 19.

New president at the University of Utah

The University of Utah’s search for a new president is over.

According to the Deseret News, Ruth Watkins will take over as the first female president of the university.

Watkins becomes the 16th president of the University of Utah, after receiving a unanimous vote from the Utah State Board of Regents.

She received a room full of applause upon accepting the post.

"I have to say I thought about 10 people would come today, so I'm incredibly touched as I look around this room," she said.

Read more at the Deseret News.


Tanker explodes in massive fireball on I-15

An oil tanker explosion caused massive delays across I-15 on late Thursday night, according to the Deseret News.

The tanker explosion, which may have been caused by a brake problem, led to the igniting of a several-stories-high flame.

Traffic stopped in both directions along the highway as the fire broke out around 7500 South around 7:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported from the explosion. The semitruck driver escaped the vehicle and was not harmed.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Amazon won’t bring its new HQ2 to Utah

The Beehive State did not make the short list for Amazon’s new headquarters, according to the Deseret News.

Utah applied to become the host for Amazon’s new headquarters, along with 200 other cities. The project is expected to provide 50,000 jobs and be worth $5 billion.

Many of the cities on the short list are larger than Salt Lake City, including Boston, Chicago and Atlanta.

Several Utah tech leaders, who met at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit on Thursday, responded to the news.

"It could have been good, but look, we're doing some great things here with up-and-coming companies in a lot of different areas,” said Dave Elkington, the founder and CEO of InsideSales. “I think we're going to be more than OK without them. Great things are happening here."

Read more at the Deseret News.


House approves bill to avoid government shutdown

On Thursday night, the House passed a short-term extension that will stop the government from shutting down, according to The Washington Post.

Republicans, with help from President Donald Trump, gathered enough votes to pass the extension.

Senate Democrats opposed the Republican proposal, “announcing they would not lend their votes to a bill that did not reflect their priorities on immigration, government spending and other issues,” according to the Post.

Republicans blasted Democrats for letting the shutdown possibility exist.

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“My Democratic colleagues’ demands on illegal immigration, at the behest of their far-left base, have crowded out all other important business,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “And now they are threatening to crowd out the needs of veterans, military families, opioid treatment centers and every other American who relies on the federal government — all over illegal immigration.”

Read more at The Washington Post.

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