Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Construction of new buildings progresses in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski will address the major challenges and opportunities facing the Capitol City in her State of the City speech this evening.

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 1, 2018.

The state of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski proposed using sales tax increases to tackle issues plaguing Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News.

Biskupski called it a "rare opportunity to create a transformational shift in how we address growth."

Biskupski said Salt Lake City can create a fund that would help fix issues with “housing, transit, public safety, infrastructure and air quality.”

"This funding would come not only from local residents but from those who visit and work in the capital city — ensuring all who use our infrastructure help pay for it," she said.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee uninjured in train wreck

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was one of several Republican congressmen involved in a train accident on Wednesday. Lee walked away uninjured, according to the Deseret News.

The train hit a truck traveling in Crozet, Virginia, which is about 126 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

Lee told KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show” that he wasn’t injured in the crash.

"I'm fine, as far as I can tell," he said. "Other people on the train are OK as well, with the exception of some bumps and a few bruises, maybe a few scrapes. I think people on the train are OK."

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Utah mom avoids deportation, heads to church

Utah mother Vicky Chavez avoided deportation by heading to the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News.

The Honduras native was about to board a plane on Tuesday night before she changed her mind. Chavez and her two daughters moved into the First Unitarian Church instead, saying that moving to Honduras would pose too great a risk for her children.

“She’ll be in the safest place that she can be," assistant minister Monica Dobbins told the Deseret News. "We’re supporting her through an incredibly difficult time."

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New Escalante National Park on the way?

Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, said this week that he thinks there should be a small national park in the Escalante region of southern Utah, according to the Deseret News.

Okerlund said a national park would “do more for the area economically in two years than a sprawling national monument has accomplished in two decades,” according to the Deseret News.

Okerlund supports the SCR9 bill that would bring a national park and two national monuments to the area within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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President Donald Trump moved to free the 1.9 million-acres of land from being a national monument.

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