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A.M. notes: Utahns respond to Trump's ban on transgender troops, MTC building renovations complete, plane crash on I-15

In this July 26, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump waves as he departs the East Room of the White House in Washington as Terry Gou, president and chief executive officer of Foxconn, stands at right. Trump is announcing the first U.S. assembly plant for
In this July 26, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump waves as he departs the East Room of the White House in Washington as Terry Gou, president and chief executive officer of Foxconn, stands at right. Trump is announcing the first U.S. assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn in a project that's expected to result in billions of dollars in investment in the state and create thousands of jobs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Here’s a look at the news for July 27.

Trump bans transgender people from the U.S. military

On Wednesday, Trump issued a ban on transgender people from entering the military, which is a reversal of President Obama’s decision to allow them to serve, according to The Washington Post.

Trump said the military can’t accept the burden and cost of transgender troops.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

Currently, there are thousands of transgender troops in the military, according to The Washington Post. Some estimate the number hovers around 11,000, including those in both active duty and the reserves.

Utahns denounce Trump's ban on troops

Utah Republicans spoke out against Trump’s ban on Wednesday.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has long supported Trump, issued a statement on Twitter in which he said he did not fully support Trump’s ban.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, tweeted out something similar, denouncing Trump’s ban.

https://twitter.com/RepMiaLove/status/890336600592236544State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, called Trump "desperate" in his tweet on the ban.

Read more at the Deseret News.

New MTC building opened in Provo

The Provo Missionary Training Center unveiled changes to its buildings on Wednesday, showing the renovated space that will hold close to 3,700 missionaries, according to the Deseret News.

The new buildings, which will serve as an education and training space for missionaries, offer more space and room for teaching members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In fact, classrooms are almost double in size. Ceilings are higher than before, and the windows offer plenty of natural light, the Deseret News reported.

The improvements are meant to help missionaries learn more.

"We knew we could design them in a way that would be a much better experience for missionaries," said Kelly Mills, the director overseeing the Provo center.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Plane crash stuns Weber County

A small plane crashed along I-15 in Riverdale on Wednesday, killing two couples, according to the Deseret News.

Layne and Diana Clark, of Taylor, and Perry and Sarah Huffaker were killed in the crash. The plane’s pilot has yet to be identified.

Witnesses on the scene described what happened.

"Out of nowhere from the east side, a plane came swooping in and just nose-dived into the middle of the freeway," one witness told the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Why did Arnold in ‘Hey Arnold’ have a football-shaped head?

Craig Bartlett, the creator of “Hey Arnold,” recently unveiled why he gave his famed Nickelodeon character a football-shaped head.