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A.M. notes: Operation Rio Grande cost unknown, the U. to go 'tobacco free,' Trump outlines Afghanistan plan

Police presence in the Rio Grande area has forced many of the homeless out in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.
Police presence in the Rio Grande area has forced many of the homeless out in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 22.

Operation Rio Grande working out the kinks

State officials haven’t disclosed how much Operation Rio Grande — a three-phase effort to help eliminate crime in the Rio Grande area — will cost, according to the Deseret News.

House Speaker Greg Hughes told the Deseret News that the state didn’t have any official numbers to release yet.

"I can't give you a set number right now, but that exercise is happening," Hughes said.

But, he added, "We wouldn't have started it if we didn't know that it's something that we can do."

Hughes did say that the statewide cost hovered around "tens of millions."

Read more at the Deseret News.

The U. goes 'tobacco-free' … next summer

The University of Utah will go completely "tobacco free" starting next summer, the Deseret News reported.

The Academic Senate approved the measure on May 1, but it won’t go into effect until July 1, 2018, giving the school an entire year to educate students about the new rules.

Faculty and students won’t be allowed to smoke on campus, nor will they be allowed to use chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes or any other devices that provide nicotine, the Deseret News reported.

The U. said in a statement Monday that students helped drive this change.

"This rule will make the U. a healthier place to work and gain an education," said Matt Miller, vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Utah.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Missed the eclipse? Stick around for 2045

The entire country fell under the watch of a solar eclipse on Monday.

For those who missed it, you may want to visit Utah. According to the Deseret News, the Beehive State will have a front-row seat for the 2045 eclipse.

Seth Jarvis, director of Clark Planetarium, said on Monday that the 2045 total solar eclipse will cut through from Canada to Mexico, slicing right through Utah in the process.

The eclipse is expected to hit Utah on Aug. 12 of that year.

"That's going to be a really big eclipse because that's a deep eclipse where totality will last more than five minutes," Jarvis said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

President Trump says U.S. will ‘win’ in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump announced Monday night that the United States will look to win the war in Afghanistan, signaling his position to extend the 16-year-long campaign, according to CNN.

Trump promised in a speech Monday that the U.S. will increase its efforts, but the country hopes it will receive support from allies, CNN reported.

Trump said he consulted with former and current generals when making a decision about what to do with Afghanistan.

"My original instinct was to pull out — and, historically, I like following my instincts," Trump said. "But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office. In other words, when you're president of the United States."

Read more at CNN.

The moment the eclipse entered totality

NASA published a video Monday that showed the exact moment that the eclipse happened in Madras, Oregon.