Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 27, 2018.
Bill would require Utah cities to help pay for homeless shelters
A new bill that would ask Utah cities and counties to help pay for homeless shelters had its first round of success on Monday, according to the Deseret News.
The bill has faced tremendous political pressure but was only filed last week.
Cities that don’t have enough affordable housing or shelters would have to contribute up to $200,000 based on population size and low-income housing availability.
St. George Mayor Jon Pike, who is also the current vice president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, opposes the bill.
"This is a statewide problem — well, the state already receives tax dollars from taxpayers in every city and every town," Pike said. "If that's the case, if it truly is a statewide problem, then it ought to be done through the state."
Ellen surprises five LDS ‘Tonga Sisters’
Ellen DeGeneres honored five Mormon sisters this week after they performed a mashup of '90s songs, according to the Deseret News.
The sisters — Alexsia (20), Tiueti (16), Lela (15), Siva (14) and Nini Tonga (11) — all appeared on the show, telling Ellen they started singing while in church together.
DeGeneres surprised the sisters and rewarded them all $10,000 Shutterfly scholarships.
“I didn’t expect money because I felt like being on the show was a gift in itself. When we received the money, I was dumbfounded. I sat there and didn’t know what to do. I cried a couple seconds after because I sat there in disbelief,” Lela later told the Deseret News.
Utah GOP lawmakers tackle school safety, gun issues
Republican leaders are hoping to tackle gun issues and school safety in the remaining days of the Utah Legislature, according to the Deseret News.
For example, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said he will put forth a bill that would make sure every school has armed personnel on the grounds.
House Speaker Greg Hughes said another bill, which would possibly raise the age limit to buy an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, might take more time.
Lawmakers hope to get a deal done in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Trump says he would have run into Florida shooting
President Donald Trump said Monday he would have run into the Florida high school to stop a lone gunman from killing innocent students, CNN reported.
Trump said he would have run inside the school “even if I didn’t have a weapon,” according to CNN.
"You don't know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I'd run in there, even if I didn't have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too," Trump said Monday.2 comments on this story
Trump’s comments came as he criticized the inaction of Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who didn’t enter the school after hearing gunshots.
"The way they performed was really a disgrace," Trump added.
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