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Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. MDT

By The Associated Press | Updated - Jun. 17, 2020 at 3:40 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 17, 2020 at 1:40 a.m.



ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A national trade association says the U.S. ski industry has lost at least $2 billion last winter because of the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Aspen Times reported that the Denver-based National Ski Areas Association announced Wednesday that skier visits fell 14% last season compared with the 2018-2019 season. There were about 51.1 million visits in the shortened season. Resorts were forced to closed in March following state restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. It is unclear how the pandemic will affect the 2020-2021 season. But the economic loss tied to the pandemic could increase to about $5 billion if the downtown continues.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say an explosion under the car of a candidate for the Utah House of Representatives was caused by a vehicular malfunction and not an explosive device. Democrat Robert Burch told police a small explosion happened as the car was backed out of his family’s driveway in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City earlier this month. Burch told authorities he may have been targeted because of his run for a seat in Utah House District 30. Police said Tuesday the explosion was the result of a catastrophic failure of the car’s air conditioning system.

UNDATED (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in big cities and tiny towns in every U.S. state to protest the killing of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck as he pleaded for air. Some described institutional racism as a pandemic as cruel and deadly as COVID-19. One white nurse from Oregon who traveled to New York City to work in a COVID unit saw up close how minorities are dying disproportionately from the disease. So on her day off after four working in the ICU, she joined the protesters in Brooklyn.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The four Republicans in the race for Utah governor clashed Tuesday over the response to a police-brutality protest that included the burning of a police car. The Deseret News reports that former House Speaker Greg Hughes said the National Guard should have been called in sooner, and businessman Thomas Wright also said the order was “a little late.” Former ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. said soldiers on the streets showed a failure of communication. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox defended the state response, saying he was very proud of how police and the National Guard handled the situation.

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