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President Donald Trump flashes a thumbs up as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 20, 2018.

Trump endorses Romney

President Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney’s Senate run on Monday night via Twitter, according to the Deseret News.

Trump and Romney previously engaged in a war of words in the 2016 presidential election, with Romney choosing to call out Trump during the current president’s campaign.

Romney, however, accepted Trump’s endorsement on Monday night. He told the Deseret News last week that he supports many of Trump’s policy.

"I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah," Romney tweeted.

Romney will look to fill the seat left vacant by a retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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Snowstorm pounds Utah on Sunday

Utah finally received a fair share of snow on Sunday and Monday, according to the Deseret News.

A blizzard moved through the Beehive State, causing heavy traffic issues and numerous delays on Presidents Day, delaying people’s commutes.

The Utah Department of Public Safety reported 458 total crashes in the Wasatch Front on Monday. Four of those crashes involved Utah Highway Patrol officers getting hit. Only minor injuries were suffered.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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‘Black Panther’ blows away the box office

The newest superhero film “Black Panther” destroyed box office expectations over the weekend, raking in a cool $192 million, according to the Associated Press.

The Marvel film became the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, ranking only behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi," ''Jurassic World" and "The Avengers."

Disney predicts the film will make $218 million total over the four-day weekend. That number will jump to $361 million once global numbers are recorded.

"This is the very definition of a blockbuster: People lining up around the block to see a great movie," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, told the Associated Press. "A movie like 'Black Panther' is a cultural event that nothing on the small screen can really match in that way."

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A ‘mini-mecca’ for tech companies

Utah may soon its tech sector grow in southern Utah, specifically the St. George Area, which some are calling a “mini-mecca” for tech, according to the Deseret News.

The Utah company PrinterLogic, a software-as-service company for printing and document management, recently grew their operation out to St. George around the redevelopment area near the former St. George airport.

St. George Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Pam Palermo said tech companies that move to St. George will help grow the local economy surrounding the area referred to as Tech Ridge.

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"We bounced back from the recession a lot quicker than most parts of the country, like a lot of Utah did, and while the business environment here has been doing very well, this development is going to make great contributions," Palermo said. "It doesn't mean we're still not looking to grow other areas, like manufacturing, but the potential for Tech Ridge is something we're all embracing."

Read more at the Deseret News.

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