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DESERET NEWS: The protesters, the fly and other sideshows, storylines from Utah’s VP debate

SALT LAKE CITY — As Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris sparred inside Kingsbury Hall — including occasionally interrupting each other and ignoring the moderator’s repeated pleas to stop talking — hundreds of protesters verbally jousted on the streets off campus.

NEWSMAXTV: Spicer & Co.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joined Sean Spicer & Co on Newsmax to preview the VP debate.

ABC4 EXCLUSIVE: Exposing human trafficking in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Human trafficking is an estimated $150-billion dollar global business that is booming in the state of Utah. Airlines on board to combat human trafficking ABC4 News went on an exclusive ride along with the Attorney General’s Office SECURE Strike Force team as agents took down a trafficking ring that was operating in Salt Lake City. During the operation, ABC4’s Brittany Johnson was able to bring Utah’s deep, dark secret into the light, as well as learn more about the problem, which law enforcement refers to as modern-day slavery, plaguing the state.

NEWSMAX on Twitter: Human Trafficking Up in U.S.

WATCH: Utah Attorney General @SeanReyesUT draws attention to an ‘atrocity that people should be screaming about,’ and what President Trump is doing to combat the issue. [with Newsmax TV’s @JohnFBachman . http://nws.mx/tv]

WASHINGTON TIMES: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes praises Trump for standing up for American ideals

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes thanked President Trump for standing up for American ideals Thursday, saying he’s kept the American dream alive.

ASIAN JOURNAL NEWS: With RNC 2020 underway, Fil-Am Republicans call for another four years of Trump

Despite the trend of Filipino Americans largely voting Democratic in recent decades, President Donald Trump continues to have a band of supporters among the segment in the community who identify as conservatives. Heading into November 3, Fil-Am Republicans across the country, who brand themselves as among the “silent majority,” are continuing to ride the red wave in support of another four years under a Trump administration and are defying the common notion that the community leans left.

Utah, EPA reach $360M settlement over Gold King mine spill

Utah will reap million of dollars’ worth of environmental cleanup and monitoring benefits in a “landmark” agreement arising from the disastrous 2015 Gold King mine spill. On Wednesday, officials announced a deal to settle Utah’s claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency associated with the massive spill from the breach that washed tons of toxic waste out of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and into the Beehive State via the San Juan River. The Aug. 5, 2015, disaster sparked dozens of claims against the federal government, with Utah’s the largest at $1.9 billion. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes alleged the spill deposited tons of toxic metals in the state’s waterways and Lake Powell, resulting in a costly cleanup and disrupting the lives of San Juan County residents.

DESERET NEWS: As pandemic increases need, Utah-based nonprofit Eye Care 4 Kids ready to double its capacity

MIDVALE — Nonprofit Eye Care 4 Kids on Monday broke ground on an expansion of its Utah clinic that officials say will double the number of children it can serve. “There are approximately 50,000 children that start school every August and they’re not getting a vision screening, they’re not getting an eye examination and they’re not getting glasses,” nonprofit founder Joseph Carbone told the Deseret News. “Mostly because their families cannot afford it. Their families are deciding whether they’ll pay for the rent, or we’ll buy food and things like that, and so they’ll go without eye care,” he explained, citing state data. And the pandemic has exacerbated that need, Carbone said. “Because of the COVID pandemic, there are so many people that have lost their jobs, they’re unemployed, and are struggling because of this. We will see a great increase in the number of children that we will see. And we’ve opened up our doors to the families of these children, so if their mom and dad need help, we’ll help them the same way. ... And so we feel we’re a vital part of COVID relief.”

STANDARD EXAMINER: Memorial honors families that have paid the ultimate price for America's freedom

NORTH OGDEN — The symbolism of Saturday’s somber ceremony certainly wasn’t lost on anyone here. At a time when some in this country have called for the removal of certain monuments — or have taken matters into their own hands by defacing or destroying them — a group of grieving-yet-grateful Americans gathered to celebrate the creation of a brand new monument.

ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK (AANN): Sean Reyes — Standing up to Bullies

Sean Reyes is Utah’s 21st Attorney General and has been serving the state as Attorney General since 2013. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University and pursuing a law degree at UC Berkeley, Reyes would go on to work for a number of law firms and companies in Utah. Throughout Reyes’ distinguished legal career, he has earned many awards including the 2006 Utah Young Lawyer of the Year from the Utah State Bar and the 2007 Outstanding Young Lawyer for the Nation from the American Bar Association. When the call to serve for public office appeared, Reyes didn’t hesitate. Despite losing the primary election for the 2012 Attorney General of Utah position to John Swallow, fate would have it that Reyes would replace Swallow amidst a scandal in 2013. Reyes hasn’t looked back ever since. If he is to win this November, he is looking to serve out a third term as Attorney General.

KNRS: Rod Arquette Show: Rod discusses primary win and campaign ahead of the November election with AG Reyes

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has been named the likely winner in the GOP Primary election and joins Rod to discuss his campaign ahead of the November election.

Hugh Hewitt: AG Reyes and Hugh Discuss Critical Issues of the Day

As AG Reyes spends the morning talking with Hugh Hewitt about some of the most important issues of the day including human trafficking, big tech, Coronavirus, Defunding the Police movement and more.

The Lars Larson Show: AG Reyes on Defunding the Police & Removing SROs from Schools

Utah Attorney General Reyes shares his insights on the left-wing activists behind the Defund the Police movement and why defunding the police including removing SROs from schools is a myopic and wrong-minded approach.

KUER 90.1: Election 2020: Sean Reyes On His Priorities And When The AG Should Get Involved In Politics

Emily Means spoke with Sean Reyes about his campaign and work as attorney general. Emily Means: You’ve been Utah’s attorney general since December 2013. What do you see as the most important role of the AG? Sean Reyes: For me, primarily, it's protecting the people — the families, the children of Utah, the businesses — from violent crimes, from white collar frauds and crimes, from other threats — including things like the opioid epidemic or mental and behavioral health challenges that lead people to addiction, suicide. Sometimes it's a balance, because while I'm trying to protect people, you have to make sure that you don't violate privacy and liberties. So, there are constant tensions that way.

DESERET NEWS: Slain Ogden officer remembered as man who ‘stood for all that is right’

OGDEN — In a nation rocked by protests against police, this northern Utah city showed its solidarity for a fallen officer who died protecting the community he loved. The citizens who lined the streets of Ogden Saturday in honor of officer Nate Lyday — who has been deemed a “son of Ogden” — heeded the heartfelt pleas at his memorial service by his mother, Nancy Lyday. “In a world full of hate, be the light like Nathan is,” she said, adding: “I love you, son.”

KSL TV: NAACP Announces Utah As First State To Respond To Concerns, Calls For Action

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NAACP Salt Lake Branch on Friday announced Utah as the first state to respond to the organization’s concerns and calls to action. The association hosted a press conference at the Utah Capitol Building to discuss proposed legislation on police relationships with the community as well as broad goals for community discussion to address long-standing nationwide concerns, according to a statement from the NAACP.

DESERET NEWS: Could chokeholds, knee holds be banned in Utah? New legislation to aim for police reforms

SALT LAKE CITY — A statewide ban on chokeholds and knee holds, like the one that preceded the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, could be in the offing for Utah law enforcement agencies under new legislative efforts.

DESERET NEWS: Prominent Utah child abuse survivors launch campaign to help victims ‘shine’

WEST JORDAN — Deondra Brown is a classical pianist. Rabbi Avremi Zippel is the program director at Chabad Lubavitch of Utah. Aaron Osmond is a businessman and former state senator. All three were abused as children. And all three haven’t let that dark time in their lives stop them from becoming successful. “I really do relate to the struggles that survivors experience on a daily basis of trying to come to terms with it and being bold enough to say the words, ‘I am a survivor,’” said Brown, of the 5 Browns piano group. Brown, Zippel and Osmond serve as ambassadors for a new state program designed to change the conversation around child abuse and empower survivors called Shine. They spoke at a news conference Wednesday outside the Children’s Justice Center in West Jordan, one of more than two dozen in the state. The Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Children’s Justice Center launched a public awareness campaign, including public service announcements, billboards and digital media earlier this month.

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: Utah attorney general wants Congress to let marijuana businesses use banks

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 34 state and territorial attorneys general asking Congress to let legal marijuana businesses access the federal banking system.

DESERET NEWS: Utah A.G. Sean Reyes joins GOP colleagues urging judge to drop Michael Flynn case

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is one of 15 Republican attorneys general asking a federal judge to allow the Department of Justice to drop its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Third Set of Charges Filed Against Utah Man For THC Distribution

On Monday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office SECURE Strike Force filed charges against a man from Sandy, Utah for THC distribution. This is his third set of charges in less than a year for similar offenses.

Woman Charged, Arrested for Sexually Abusing Child

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities and worlds have changed. We have adjusted to a new normal as workplaces and schools closed. During this time, the Investigation Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office continued to work tirelessly on protecting Utahns and our communities. Below is a case Attorney General Investigators were involved in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Bountiful Man Arrested, Compared to ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Con Artist

A West Bountiful man, recently convicted of practicing law without a license, was arrested on evidence tampering and forgery charges.

A look at Utah’s opioid epidemic: Recovery through connection and education

During 2018, 128 people died per day in the United States from opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Hundreds of thousands of people struggle with opioid addiction. It’s an addiction that doesn’t affect one gender, race, demographic or class.

PRESS RELEASE: Attorney General Reyes Fights to Further Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general in calling on USTelecom – the leading organization representing telecommunications providers – and its Industry Traceback Group (ITG) to continue its collaboration with state attorneys general by bolstering technological capabilities to improve enforcement against illegal robocallers.

DESERET NEWS: Who is President Donald Trump endorsing in Utah?

President Trump endorses Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

FOX 13: Utah businesses donate protective gear to rural first responders

Utah businesses are coming together to donate some much-needed COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Utah Attorney General's Office, to distribute all across the state.

KUTV: Utah's PC Laptops fronts the bill to get COVID-19 first responders protective gear

Utah first responders on the front lines of COVID-19 are in need of protective gear.

DESERET NEWS: GoFundMe campaign raises supplies for first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic

Dan Young, owner of PC Laptops, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes unload boxes full of supplies at the attorney general’s office in Murray on Monday.

PRESS RELEASE: Attorney General Reyes Announces Partnership to Monitor and Combat Coronavirus Price Gouging

KSL Classifieds, Amazon, eBay, Facebook Agree to Partner with Utah

PRESS RELEASE: Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Files for Reelection

Republican Rising Star Says He Brings Proven Leadership, Ethics, Legal Excellence and Will Keep Fighting for Utah.

KNRS: Attorney General Reyes Warns Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Craigslist, Walmart: Online Marketplaces Are Not Exempt From Price Gouging Laws

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes urged Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

PRESS RELEASE: Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Announces 2020 Re-election Bid Despite Strong Support for a Gubernatorial Run

After working hard to rebuild the Office of Utah Attorney General, Reyes remains committed to policy initiatives that ensure the safety, constitutional protection and prosperity of all Utahns.

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