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A.M. notes: New LDS Church leadership announced, tech summit gains popularity, Utah schools prepare for tax changes

President Russell M. Nelson
President Russell M. Nelson
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Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 16.

President Nelson new leader of the LDS Church

The LDS Church has a new president.

President Russell M. Nelson is the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as announced on Tuesday, according to the Deseret News.

The announcement came during a live broadcast, the first of its kind.

"I declare my devotion to God our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ," President Nelson said. "I pledge to serve them with every remaining breath of my life."

According to the Deseret News, President Dallin H. Oaks was selected as his first counselor and President Henry B. Eyring will serve as his second counselor in the First Presidency.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah schools prepare for tax changes

Athletic departments at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State are preparing for changes that will come with the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to the Deseret News.

The act will eliminate “ticket-related donations,” which means the universities could see fewer donors give back to the schools, the Deseret News reported.

"We are monitoring how this will impact BYU in the future just as other universities are doing so around the country. We believe, however, that our fan base is incredibly loyal and will continue to support BYU," BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told the Deseret News.

Utah State and BYU already notified their donors last year that changes could be coming, giving them time to prepare for the loss of donors.

The universities hope "that loyal college sports fans will continue their giving in any event," according to the Deseret News.

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Tech summit looks to replace Outdoor Retailer

The upcoming Silicon Slopes Tech Summit looks to fill the shoes left open by the Outdoor Retailer show, which announced that it would be leading the Beehive State last year, according to the Deseret News.

"The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit will become Utah's replacement for Outdoor Retailer," Clint Betts, Silicon Slopes executive director, told the Deseret News. "We expect 40,000-50,000 in the next three to five years."

The two-day tech event includes several big names of modern technology companies. The event includes classes and workshops for people to learn more about tech, marketing, leadership and products, according to the Deseret News.

Aaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Utah online education company Pluralsight, said that the Utah event will be among the most popular in the country.

"Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is quickly becoming the go-to tech conference in the West," he said. "The speaker lineup is unparalleled with Alice Steinglass, president of, and Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow. This event will inspire you and provide an opportunity to network with tech's most influential leaders."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Four cops shot in South Carolina

Four police officers in South Carolina were shot on Tuesday morning, according to Fox News.

The suspect, who initially shot at several police officers, has been captured and taken into custody. He suffered gunshot wounds from the crossfire with police.

All four officers were sent to a hospital. Their conditions remain unclear.

"The sheriff's office can really use your prayers and your thoughts," said York County Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris.

Read more at Fox News.

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