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A.M. notes: Security concerns in Utah, Jazz president talks team changes, Trump sanctions Russia

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz forward Eric Griffin (17) look for a rebound as the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers play in Summer league action in the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz forward Eric Griffin (17) look for a rebound as the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers play in Summer league action in the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 3.

Don’t look at the eclipse without special glasses

University of Utah experts have warned people not to look directly into the solar eclipse later this month without proper protection, according to the Deseret News.

The John A. Moran Eye Center’s Dr. Jeff Pettey told the Deseret News that people interested in viewing the eclipse should buy some special eyewear just for the occasion.

"You know you have a good pair of solar eclipse glasses if you can't see anything except for if you look at the sun," Pettey said.

Pettey said something as simple as “five pairs of dark sunglasses” can help, too.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Latest concern to hit Utah: security

Security issues weigh on the mind of local officials and experts as the state debuts new voting machines and software, according to the Deseret News.

Just this week, voting machines arrived at the Utah Capitol, where residents were asked to offer input on the devices.

Users were also asked to complete a survey.

"I think it's great that we have the equipment here," Utah Director of Elections Mark Thomas told the Deseret News. "I want the vendors to have to answer tough questions coming directly from the voters that participate today."

Thomas said that developing the right security will be a key focus.

"One of the benefits we have in our system now is it’s never hooked up to the internet," Thomas said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

U.S. hits Russia with trade sanctions

President Donald Trump agreed to impose sanctions on Russia this week, setting the stage for increased escalation between the U.S. and Russia.

Trump signed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act — something he called “deeply flawed” — that "aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections and its actions in Ukraine," the BBC reported.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the two countries are close to a “full-scale trade war."

The limits control how much Americans can invest in Russian projects, while also making it harder for U.S. companies to do business in Russia.

Read more at BBC.

Utah Jazz president comments on team’s offseason moves

Utah Jazz President Steve Starks spoke on 1280 The Zone radio Wednesday, offering a number of updates about the team, the Deseret News reported.

Starks said he’s excited that Vivint Arena’s renovations, which cost nearly $125 million, are nearing completion.

He also said that the Jazz’s ticket app will eventually become the team’s primary way to sell tickets.

And Starks said he’s excited about the new Nike jerseys.

“We’re really excited about what is going to be shown to our fans, and our players are excited about what they’ve seen as well,” Starks said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Watch a Hyperloop test run

As The Verge reported, Hyperloop showed off its fastest test yet. The hyperloop is meant to help transport people at lower costs than air travel.

Watch the test below.