Local Utah Headlines – Tuesday Morning November 2, 2021

Tuesday morning November 2, 2021

State

There is still time to vote

Tuesday is election day. Cities and towns in Utah hold elections for mayor and councils. Ballots in the mail had to be postmarked no later than Monday, November 1 to be counted. But, they can still be placed in a ballot box before 8 p.m. Tuesday. People who have not registered to vote can still do so at any polling station on Tuesday. It requires two forms of identification – one that proves identity and another that verifies residency. Details on local elections and voter requirements can be found at vote.utah.gov. – Elaine clark

The Commission presents redistribution maps

The Utah Independent Redistribution Commission presented its cards to lawmakers on Monday. During the four-hour meeting, the commission explained to its legislative counterparts their public engagement and mapping processes. Senator Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, is one of the lawmakers leading the redistribution process. He said they would at least look at the maps and compare them to those in the Legislature. The independent group advises only the state legislature – meaning lawmakers can take or leave the cards. Committee chairman Rex Facer said it would be great if they accepted their suggestions, but more importantly he said he hopes the work of the committee can continue in the future. Read the full story. – Emily means

Northern Utah

Unwanted nudging space

Engineers at the University of Utah have discovered a new way to clean up space trash using rapidly rotating magnets. The researchers said robots could one day use this technology to move debris through space without touching it. Engineers could also use it to manipulate fragile objects. The Department of Defense tracks 27,000 pieces the size of softball and larger space junk. It travels at high speed and can damage satellites and spacecraft. – Martha harris

State invests in cybersecurity education program

The Utah Legislature is spending $ 5 million on a program that prepares students for the tech industry. The Intermountain Intelligence, Industry, and Security Consortium, or I3SC, is a partnership between Utah State University, Utah Valley University, and local technology companies. One of the main goals of the multidisciplinary program is to teach students how to deal with security challenges, such as cyber attacks. Students will also be able to intern at local companies including Adobe, Northrop Grumman, and USU’s Space Dynamics Lab. – Martha harris

Region / Nation

Best Advice on Childhood Vaccines

A COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is approaching the finish line for federal clearance. But he will likely be faced with his own backlash and misinformation. Experts suggest avoiding social media and instead seek advice from pediatricians and other trusted professionals who know a family’s health history. – Madelyn Beck, Mountain West Information Office

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