>>Utah Shakespeare Festival Announces 2024 Schedule

(Cedar City, UT) -- Four Shakespearean plays and an Alfred Hitchcock thriller highlight this summer's Utah Shakespeare Festival at Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City. Productions run on alternate days beginning in mid-June and going until early October. The Shakespeare plays are "Henry the Eighth," "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Taming of the Shrew," and "The Winter's Tale." Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" will be performed, as well as Lauren Gunderson's "Silent Sky" and Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," which takes place on the last night of the life of Martin Luther King, Junior. In addition, students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" July 30th through August 3rd at the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

>>Public Comment Underway For St. George Highway Project

(St. George, UT) -- Public comment is underway for the Northern Corridor highway project in Saint George. Those in favor of a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area must be built to ease traffic in Washington County. Environmental groups and other opponents say the project could lead to more wildfires, as well as other hazards. The Bureau of Land Management submitted a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement last week to go with the original Environmental Impact Statement from November 2020. The public comment period runs through June 24th.

>>Businessman Sentenced On Covid-Relief Funds Fraud

(St. George, UT) -- A Saint George businessman will have to spend two years in prison and pay nearly 700-thousand-dollars in restitution over fraudulent Covid-relief funds. Bradford Leland Fishback pled guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and false claims in 2023, according to court documents. The Department of Justice said in a news release Fishback falsely claimed more than 900-thousand-dollars in government funds for his four businesses and received close to 686-thousand-dollars. Fishback, who also received three years of supervised release, was sentenced this week.

>>Romney Says Biden Should Have Pardoned Trump

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Senator Mitt Romney says President Biden should have granted a pardon for former President Trump on charges of mishandling classified documents. In addition, Romney says Biden should have told prosecutors in New York to drop the charges in Trump's current hush money trial. Romney also criticized congressional Republicans who have come to the Manhattan courthouse to support Trump, saying it's "a little demeaning" to show up at a trial involving "an allegation of paying a porn star. " Romney who is not running for re-election, was among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment.


>>Utah's Ingram Wins Masterton Trophy

(Undated) -- Utah's new National Hockey League team already has an award winner. Goalkeeper Connor Ingram of the former Arizona Coyotes was named the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday. The award is given each year to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Ingram almost retired because of obsessive compulsive disorder and depression and entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance program in January of 2021. This season for the Coyotes, Ingram had a .907 [[ nine-oh-seven ]] save percentage and was tied for the league lead in shutouts with six. The Arizona Coyotes moved their hockey operations to Salt Lake City after the regular season concluded.

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