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Today’s local Utah news headlines – Tuesday evening, February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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Utah Cannabinoid Product Board takes a look at delta-8 THC

Some patient advocates are sounding the alarm about a cannabis ingredient because of its potential health effects. Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring substance in cannabis that appears in small amounts. While it can still get you high, it’s less powerful than the better known Delta-9. But federal regulators have not yet studied or approved delta 8. Dr. Perry Fine of the Utah Cannabinoid Product Board said at this time that they “do not support any therapeutic use of analog cannabis products.” The council plans to work with state legislators and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food moving forward. Read the full story. — Ivana Martinez

Governor Spencer Cox tries his hand at substitute teaching

Utah Governor Spencer Cox tried his hand at something a little different on Tuesday. coxswain tweeted he was working as a substitute teacher for three periods of 8th grade history and said “pray for me”. The teaching dive comes about a week after he approved 30 hours of paid leave for state employees in an effort to help with Utah’s surrogate shortage amid the ongoing pandemic. Health officials announced just 1,300 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That’s down from 6,600 two weeks ago. — Ross Terrell

Northern Utah

Prominent LDS Church leader apologizes for race comments

A prominent leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is under fire for controversial statements. Speaking at a youth meeting on Sunday, Brad Wilcox, counselor in the Young Men General Presidency, commented on the faith’s old ban on black people holding the priesthood. “Maybe instead of saying why black people had to wait until 1978,” he said, “maybe we should ask why white people and other races had to wait until 1829?” The Church teaches that the priesthood was then restored to Joseph Smith. Wilcox apologized Monday night on Facebook, saying his post “did NOT go through” as he intended. Wilcox’s employer, Brigham Young University, released a statement on Twitter, saying they are “deeply concerned” by what he said but believe he will learn from it. — Lexi Peery

Salt Lake City native sets Olympic world record

Salt Lake City native Nathan Chen set a world record Monday at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Now he is one good free skate away from an Olympic gold medal. The figure skater earned a score of 113.97 in the men’s short program. This is more than two points higher than the previous record. Chen struggled in his short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics and placed fifth overall. He will go for the Olympic title live in prime time on Wednesday night. — Caroline Ballard

Utah hospital faces Medicare penalties over performance metrics

Six Utah hospitals — located in Sandy, Layton, Logan, Ogden and Riverton — are in the works penalized by health insurance for high complication rates in patients according to data from Kaiser Health News. The Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to reduce small amounts of funding for high readmission rates or patient injuries. All six hospitals in the state will see a 1% reduction in Medicare payments through the end of the fiscal year. Twenty Utah hospitals were also penalized due to high readmission rates. These discounts can cost up to 3% per patient. — Ross Terrell

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