Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Patrick, his mother Maria Santiago, and his sister Sarai walk home in Jerez, Guatemala, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 20.

A Utah mother was deported. She left on Christmas Day. Now a year later she lives with the choice she never wanted to make. Read more.

Utah’s population swells more than any other state following the Great Recession. Read more.

A Utah judge reduces Jeremy Johnson’s prison sentence after tearful apology. Read more.

Read our look back at December signing day 2018.

See how this Utah son built his mom the ultimate Christmas gift despite struggles with mental illness. Read more.

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