A.M. notes: John Curtis sworn in, Salt Lake County to sue ‘Big Pharma,’ Theresa May challenges Putin

Here’s a look at the news for Nov. 14.

John Curtis sworn in

Newly elected Utah Rep. John Curtis was sworn-in before Congress on Monday, as House Republicans hope to earn his vote for upcoming tax reform, according to the Deseret News.

Curtis, who was sworn-in on a Bible that belonged to his mother-in-law, share the importance of family in his speech after being sworn-in.

Curtis highlighted how his wife Sue’s great-grandmother, Martha Hughes Cannon, was the first female state senator in U.S. history.

“Even better, she won that office by defeating her husband,” he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Salt Lake County to sue ‘Big Pharma’

Salt Lake County leaders announced on Monday that they will join several other counties and states to sue opioid drug manufacturers, the Deseret News reported.

“I expect to see damages for the harm that has been caused to our community,” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said. “But more importantly, we want to change the outrageous behavior that is harming families and harming the safety of our community.”

The announcement comes with Operation Rio Grande underway in Salt Lake City. The effort looks to clean up one of the area’s most troubled neighborhoods.

McAdams said the county won’t standby and watch crime unfold any longer.

“We are heartbroken and outraged by the stories of families of our residents and the death and destruction they see in their lives,” McAdams said. “We cannot afford to stand by any longer.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Theresa May says Putin meddled in election

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in multiple elections across the world, BBC reported.

May said Putin’s government also carried out cyber attacks, looking to “undermine free societies,” BBC reported.

She also accused Putin of planting fake news stories to encourage discord and frustration in the U.S.

“Russia has repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption,” she said. “This has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag among many others.”

Read more at BBC.

A look at a retired Utah court justice

Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham plans to retire this week, and she’s leaving behind a rather significant legacy.

After all, Durham’s known as Utah’s first female district court judge, Supreme Court justice and chief …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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