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Utah becomes 19th state to ban conversion therapy for minors

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An LGBTQ pride flag at a Union United Methodist Church in Boston on Jan. 5, 2020. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Utah on Tuesday became the 19th state to ban conversion therapy for minors, though the state's ban does not apply to religious counselors, parents or grandparents, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Utah is one of the most conservative states in the U.S. to pass legislation banning conversion therapy on minors in some form.

Raising the minimum wage can prevent suicide

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Raising the minimum wage by just $1 in each state could have prevented more than 27,000 suicides between 1990 and 2015, according to a new report in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health reported on by NPR.

Between the lines: Increasing the minimum wage would be especially helpful when unemployment is high, the authors found.