A.M. notes: Trump approves memo release, Salt Lake County to require hep A vaccine, Utah Jazz star wins NBA award

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 2, 2018.

Salt Lake County requires vaccines after hepatitis A exposure

The Salt Lake County Board of Health said on Thursday that will require all food workers at eateries to be vaccinated if anyone who works there was exposed to hepatitis A, according to the Deseret News.

The move comes as a response to the hepatitis A outbreak that has plagued the county.

Restaurants have 14 days to make sure their employees comply with the new rule.

"When the outbreak is over, this temporary regulation would no longer be in effect," Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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20 people tell a judge why they skipped jury duty

Twenty-nine potential jurors paraded before Judge Kent Holmberg on Thursday as they explained why didn’t show up for a case back on Dec. 12, 2017, according to the Deseret News.

Those 29 people were of the 36 who didn’t show up to a trial on that date. Because they didn’t show, a judge declared “a mistrial in the criminal case of three men accused of gang-raping a 9-year-old girl because the potential jury pool was too small,” according to the Deseret News.

On Thursday, the 29 potential jurors said they did not receive any materials saying that they needed to attend court. The jurors questioned if it a clerical error.

The 29 said they didn’t intentionally skip the trial.

"I felt horrible. I normally know how to follow instructions well. I just feel horrible I’m wasting the court’s time," said one woman who didn’t follow instructions correctly. "I really thought I was doing everything I was supposed to."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Jazz star named Rookie of the Month … again

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell was named Rookie of the Month in the NBA’s Western Conference for the second straight month, according to the Deseret News.

Mitchell received the award for January and December.

“He becomes the first rookie this season to win the award in back-to-back months. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons received the honors for the Eastern Conference for the second time overall this season after Boston’s Jayson Tatum won it for December,” the Deseret News reported.

The NBA also announced that Mitchell would participate in the Skills Challenge at the NBA All-Star Game weekend.

Read more about Mitchell at the Deseret News.

Trump expected to approve release of memo

The House Intelligence Committee released a once-secret Republican memo on Friday that’s been at the center of American politics for the last week, according to BuzzFeed News.

The memo, which you can read here, explains how top Department of Justice officials approved surveillance Carter Page, a former policy advisor for President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Republican staff members wrote the memo that said officials didn’t explain to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that their application to surveil Page relied on a dossier that had been funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, BuzzFeed News reported.

President Donald Trump approved the memo’s release on Friday, despite warnings from the FBI not to release it.

Trump said "a lot of people should be ashamed" over the memo.

Read more at BuzzFeed News.


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