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Why asking a lot more of church members could be a good thing

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Why asking a lot more of church members could be a good thing

Yuval Levin, for The Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 1:18pm

We are living in an era of unprecedented doubt. While belief in God remains high, public confidence in religious institutions is at its lowest since routine polling on the question began. In 1975, Gallup found that nearly 70% of Americans expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of trust in organized religion. By last year, that figure stood at just 42%. Regular church attendance is also near a modern nadir. Even before COVID-19, the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Americans who report attending a religious service at least once a month fell over the past decade from 52% to about 42%.
Further scrutiny may be applied to deaths where law enforcement is involved

Further scrutiny may be applied to deaths where law enforcement is involved

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:43pm

Amid dozens of reform bills concerning law enforcement officers' use of force, the first bill on the topic passed the House on the session's opening day and moves onto the Senate for debate.
Will the Biden presidency change Utah politics? That depends, leaders say

Will the Biden presidency change Utah politics? That depends, leaders say

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:16pm

"It's hard to know," said Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson. "At this point, we are optimistic."
Utahn among those President Trump pardons on way out the door

Utahn among those President Trump pardons on way out the door

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:52am

A Utah resident was among the dozens of people President Donald Trump pardoned Tuesday on his last full day in office.
Authorities identify woman who died in Jan. 10 crash on I-80 in Tooele County

Authorities identify woman who died in Jan. 10 crash on I-80 in Tooele County

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:25am

Authorities have identified one person who died in a Jan. 10 fatal crash on I-80 in Tooele County.
Corner Canyon teacher returns to classroom after beating COVID-19

Corner Canyon teacher returns to classroom after beating COVID-19

Dan Rascon, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:37am

Tuesday was an exciting but nerve-racking day for a Corner Canyon High School teacher who returned to the classroom for the first time since ending up in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
Patrick Kinahan: Ute fans growing tired of basketball mediocrity

Patrick Kinahan: Ute fans growing tired of basketball mediocrity

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:14am

After his basketball team squandered another double-digit lead and lost the last game, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak in part attributed the latest setback to fatigue.
Boy slides onto lost knife, causing significant injuries, police say

Boy slides onto lost knife, causing significant injuries, police say

Pat Reavy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:33am

A boy who police say was injured after sliding onto a knife that he was looking for had to be hoisted out of a Cache County canyon on Monday and taken to a Salt Lake hospital.
Donovan Mitchell is playing for a 'greater cause' with Jazz offering a college scholarship for every win

Donovan Mitchell is playing for a 'greater cause' with Jazz offering a college scholarship for every win

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:03am

For every win this season, Jazz owner Ryan Smith is offering a four-year scholarship to an underrepresented or minority student. So every Utah victory now holds more weight than just a place in the standings. That fact isn't lost on Donovan Mitchell and his teammates.
Venmo scams: Protecting yourself from fraudsters

Venmo scams: Protecting yourself from fraudsters

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:32am

An email has been circulating, supposedly from the popular money transfer app, Venmo, that asks users for personal information.
Sarah's Bill urges Utah lawmakers to create harsher restrictions on DUI suspects

Sarah's Bill urges Utah lawmakers to create harsher restrictions on DUI suspects

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:02am

Utah representatives passed a bill to allow harsher bail terms for someone accused of injuring others while driving under the influence.
Utah company offers same-day MRI scans and it's cheaper than you might think

Utah company offers same-day MRI scans and it's cheaper than you might think

Taylormed Mri  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:00am

Getting an MRI can be costly and take weeks to get after visiting a doctor. One walk-in MRI clinic is hoping to disrupt this tedious process.
Man fired shot at vehicle on Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake Valley, police say

Man fired shot at vehicle on Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake Valley, police say

Pat Reavy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 7:36am

A Magna man was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting at another vehicle on the Mountain View Corridor.
Fire destroys Sandy house, injures family member

Fire destroys Sandy house, injures family member

Pat Reavy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 20th - 6:55am

Members of a Sandy family escaped their burning home Tuesday, but not before one member suffered minor injuries.
Salt Lake students to return to classrooms following fights in courthouse, statehouse

Salt Lake students to return to classrooms following fights in courthouse, statehouse

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Jan 19th - 11:10pm

Board votes 6-1 to allow middle and high school students to return to in-person learning 2 days a week; judge takes lawsuit under advisement
How the Jazz combined their old identity with their new to roll off 6 straight wins

How the Jazz combined their old identity with their new to roll off 6 straight wins

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 19th - 11:03pm

The Pelicans became the latest victim of Utah's 3-point happy offense with the Jazz knocking down 12-of-22 threes in the second half on their way to a 118-102 victory over New Orleans Tuesday at Vivint Arena.
Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family, official says

Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family, official says

Steve Holland, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 19th - 11:01pm

U.S. President Donald Trump granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office, a senior administration official said, but did not pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Biden leads observance of America's 400,000 COVID-19 dead on eve of inauguration

Biden leads observance of America's 400,000 COVID-19 dead on eve of inauguration

Susan Heavey and Gabriella Borter, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 19th - 10:50pm

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday led a national memorial observance on the eve of his inauguration to honor the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 during the 11 months since the novel coronavirus claimed its first U.S. victim.
Turned up to 11: Aggies halt Colorado State's momentum to keep win streak rolling

Turned up to 11: Aggies halt Colorado State's momentum to keep win streak rolling

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 19th - 10:05pm

Neemias Queta had 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots, and Brock Miller added 20 points on six 3-pointers to help the Aggies to their 11th consecutive victory, 83-64 over Colorado State in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.

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