Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Olympic items are displayed for Hawthorne Elementary students in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Olympic skater Nathan Chen went to Hawthorne and students there designed their own Olympics-inspired mascots and banners to cheer on their role model.

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 16, 2018.

Mitt Romney announces he’s running for U.S. Senate

Mitt Romney said in a tweeted video announcement that he is running for the U.S. Senate.

“I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to Washington,” he said.

At 6:19 a.m. on Friday, Romney shared a video expressing Utah’s pioneering and innovative spirit.

“If you give me this opportunity, I will owe this Senate seat to no one but the people of Utah,” he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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Florida families respond to shooting

Families who are starting to bury the victims of Florida’s mass shooting Wednesday are showing grief and anger over the massacre, in which 17 people were killed, according to Reuters.

Parents raised questions about the lack of school security measures and the lack of a national debate over gun control.

For example, parent Lori Alhadeff, whose child was killed during the shooting, admitted she is appalled at the lack of action from lawmakers.

“How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How did they get through security? What security is there?” she asked. “The gunman, the crazy person, just walks right into the school, knocks down the window to my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her.”

Read more at Reuters.

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Utah's Nathan Chen struggles in figure skating appearance

Nathan Chen didn’t expect to face the issues he’s dealing with now at the Winter Games, according to the Deseret News.

Chen fell to 17th place because of “another abysmal short program performance” in the men’s short program figure skating competition on Friday in South Korea, the Deseret News reported.

Chen scored an 82.27, which is below his season average.

His scores for this Olympics are the lowest of his senior international career.

"It was rough again," Chen said. "I still need some time to think about it. It happens and I guess I try to move on from here. ... I made as many mistakes as I possibly could have. Everything seemed right but there were little mistakes here and there."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes to lead Salt Lake Chamber?

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes is on a shortlist of candidates to replace Lane Beattie as the Salt Lake Chamber’s president, sources told the Deseret News.

Beattie served as CEO and president of the Salt Lake Chamber.

Hughes told the Deseret News he has talked with the chamber about the decision.

"I've been asked: Would you consider it? … I'm not ruling anything out," he said.

Sources said Hughes, who announced he won’t seek re-election, is among a handful of “finalists” for the chamber position.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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