ICYMI: Former BYU student creates beard ban petition; Utah vying to be Amazon’s second headquarters


Utah is vying to be the second headquarters for Amazon. (Photo courtesy of livetradingnews.com)

In case you took a break from the news this weekend, here are a few local stories from the weekend to help you catch up on the know.

Petition growing against BYU’s beard ban

On Sept. 21, BYU announced it was ending an age-old tradition and began selling caffeinated soda on campus. Now, one group is calling for another reform — getting rid of the beard ban, the Daily Herald reported. “Unban the Beards at BYU,” created by former BYU student Skyler Thiot, calls for “BYU to catch up with the times and allow their students to grow beards.” As of Monday morning, the petition had 3,119 signatures. Read the entire story here.

Utah vying to be Amazon’s second headquarters

At the beginning of September, Amazon announced it was looking for a second headquarters — and Utah thinks it can be that home. Ben Hart, deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, gave multiple reasons Utah would be a good fit including the cost of living, the age of potential employees and the cost of doing business in Utah is relatively low. Read the entire story on KSL.com.

BYUtv premieres new sci-fi series

BYUtv is known for its family-friendly programming with top hits “Studio C,” “American Ride” and “Granite Flats,” an original mystery series that ran from 2013–15. Now BYUtv is delving into uncharted territories with its new original sci-fi series, “Extinct.” The sci-fi thriller tells the story of a colony of humans, who were presumed extinct after aliens killed all mankind, but were reborn by the Originators, a peaceful alien species. Read the entire story at heraldextra.com.

LDS general conference shares messages

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held five of its six sessions of the 187th Semiannual General Conference over the weekend. LDS apostle Elder Robert D. Hales died shortly following the Sunday morning session of general conference. Elder Andersen shared three sentences from what would have been Elder Hales’ final talk in the closing remarks at conference. Read one-sentence summaries from each general conference talk here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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