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May 01, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 188 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 271 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 547 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 984 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

A judge rules in favor of Utah’s Democratic Party in a dispute over whether the state can charge “exorbitant” fees for public records. Utah is now on the hook for about $15,000 in attorney’s fees [Tribune, KUTV].

Draper prosecutors have suddenly dropped charges in a case against a woman who videotaped conditions in a slaughterhouse after the case gained notoriety [Tribune, Deseret News, KUTV].

Mayors in Salt Lake County tell the Utah Transit Authority what they would like to see in future transit plans [Tribune].

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says he might have to ask for a tax hike next year [KUTV].

Utah’s members of Congress have differing approaches to the use of social media [Tribune].

Rep. Jim Matheson helps to deliver “Meals on Wheels” in Utah County [Daily Herald].

Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf says he will continue his fight to preserve Utah’s public lands [Park Record].

Consumer confidence in Utah drops in the face of automatic budget cuts from the sequester [Tribune, Deseret News].

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce comes out in favor of immigration reform [ABC 4].

The Salt Lake County Council praises Kennecott for how they handled the massive landslide at th e Bingham Canyon Mine [Tribune].

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