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A.M. Notes: Utah's hidden plague, Senate to unveil health care bill, Trump election impacts Utah

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Here’s a look at the news for June 22.

From Mormon kid to alleged drug kingpin

Aaron Shamo grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he never believed his life would turn out the way it did.

In the first in series of articles from the Deseret News, Shamo’s rise and fall from neighborhood kid to someone who allegedly shipped drugs across the world is profiled.

Shamo now sits at the center of an ongoing shift in illicit drug trade of the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Read the entire story at the Deseret News.

Did Trump influence Outdoor Retailer decision?

President Donald Trump’s election last November may have impacted the Outdoor Retailer show’s decision to leave Utah, the Deseret News reported.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said on Wednesday that 2016’s presidential election may have led to the breakdown in communications between Utah and the show.

"We had been having these (negotiations) for years. Every year, we would get to the 'same page' and we moved forward," Cox said. "The only thing that changed this year was that Donald Trump got elected."

Cox said he felt the outdoor association was concerned that a Trump administration "would repeal national monument designations that would protect government lands in favor of business interests that might be detrimental to land use and the environment."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Lawmakers discuss bill that could remove incapacitated officials

Utah lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to create a new bill that would allow them to make a law to remove incapacitated elected officials from office, according to the Deseret News.

Right now, the state has no law that could help resolve such an issue, which has become a hindrance in helping Gary Ott, the troubled Salt Lake County recorder, leave his post, the Deseret News reported.

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, proposed a bill earlier this year that called for a three-level process to remove someone from office, including a voter petition, a unanimous vote from a governing body or a judicial proceeding.

That bill was placed on hold during the 2017 Legislature, according to the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Senate leaders to unveil new health care bill

Senate lawmakers are expected to release their bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday, according to USA Today.

This will be the first time many senators will see the bill before they vote on it next week.

USA Today reported a lot of questions remain with the bill, such as whether it funds Medicaid or has abortion restrictions.

And, even if it passes in the Senate, will the House approve it thereafter?

Voting is expected to take place next week, according to USA Today, but not all lawmakers are convinced.

"I have a hard time believing anybody will have enough time to have a true evaluation and get (public) input on this by next week," Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson told the USA Today Network on Wednesday.

Read more at USA Today.

Video of spinning boy goes viral

A video of a boy spinning around before trying to walk went viral on Wednesday with more than 200,000 retweets. Digg called it "the best thing on the internet today."