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A.M. notes: Bruno Mars cleans up at Grammys, possibly Medicaid expansion in Utah, cat missing from Hogle Zoo

Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for "24K Magic" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for "24K Magic" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 29.

Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar sweep Grammy Awards

Both Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar dominated the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, with Mars taking home record of the year, song of the year and album of the year honors, according to Rolling Stone.

Mars also won for Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like,” which was featured on the “24K Magic” album that won album of the year.

Meanwhile, Lamar opened the show with a politically charged performance, while also winning Best Rap Album.

Meanwhile, politics seeped its way into the show as Hillary Clinton made a surprise cameo during a comedy sketch in which celebrities read pieces of “Fire and Fury,” the controversial book that talks of Trump’s early days in office.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Social issues dominate 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance organizers said the yearly film festival saw a lot of success this year by bringing social issues into the spotlight, according to the Deseret News.

Modern social issues like the “#Me Too” movement made an impact at the festival, as did modern politics, which was seen in the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG.”

Similarly, “The Sentence” told the story of a controversial police shooting in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, “Kallah” follows Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his team on a mission to rescue children.

Plenty of films talk about social issues.

"You came out of last year thinking there are four strong best picture contenders here," Vulture senior editor Kyle Buchanan told the Associated Press. "This year, I don't necessarily sense that there's a best picture nominee among these movies. That said, there are all sorts of ways that the mood of the country or the plan of the distributor could help push one of these movies to the forefront. But I think that we'll mostly see the Sundance films contending in other categories besides (best) picture."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Medicaid expansion coming to Utah?

Utah lawmakers may make a new attempt to expand Medicaid in the Beehive State, according to the Deseret News.

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, recently proposed a full expansion of Medicaid, hoping that it will help insure all Americans.

"Somehow we keep kicking this thing down the road, saying it's about the indigent poor," Davis said. "People are working. People are existing, and they can't afford the product they deserve."

Such a movie has proved difficult in Utah since the majority-conservative state has avoided passing full expansion.

“Utah's conservative majority has sidestepped full expansion, opting instead to extend Medicaid benefits to a portion of ‘the most vulnerable’ population, specifically homeless people with drug addiction and/or mental health issues, but eligibility is limited, and few actually meet the stringent qualifications,” according to the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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Hogle Zoo searches for missing cat

Zookeepers at the Hogle Zoo are searching for a 10-month-old Pallas cat, according to the Deseret News.

The “very shy and reserved” cat went missing from his outdoor exhibit on Sunday morning. Zookeepers said the cat likely left the zoo grounds.

"It's important to us that we do get him back unharmed," said Hogle Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen.

Read more at the Deseret New.

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