Jan 17, 2021

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Saved once by fed help, Salt Lake business owner hopes new PPP can get her across pandemic finish line

By Jasen Lee
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  • Starting this week, small businesses hit hard by the pandemic have been able to apply or reapply for the Paycheck Protection Program — a forgivable loan program established by the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
  • For longtime Salt Lake business owner Rasmussen and others, that good luck came in the form of the Paycheck Protection Program that was part of the federal government pandemic relief package last year.
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Biden wants to forgive lots of student debt, but at what cost?

By Marjorie Cortez
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  • Kristin Hadley, dean of Weber State University’s College of Education, said students and professors occasionally talk about public service loan forgiveness as students proceed through teacher training programs.
  • According to a September 2020 U.S. Department of Education report, among 229,215 applications to the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, 205,744 were deemed ineligible — just shy of 90%.
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Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah dedicated

By Lisa Riley Roche
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  • SALT LAKE CITY — The Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah was dedicated Thursday in a virtual ceremony held during the coronavirus pandemic that has made the need for mental health care more urgent than ever.
  • Now his children are helping in the battle against mental illness with the institute that also bears the family name and focuses on finding effective treatments, supporting research, building awareness and expanding access to patient care, particularly among students and underserved populations throughout Utah.
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Community advocates, Utah lawmakers hope to curb homelessness made worse by the pandemic

By Hannah Petersen
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  • SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of state legislators joined community advocates who hope lawmakers can find ways to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that have put many families at risk of losing their homes.
  • Jennifer Sullivan, director of housing and health integration at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said that 4 in 10 children are in families that are behind on their rent or not getting enough food, or both.
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