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May 14, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 175 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 258 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 534 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 971 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

The feds sue to block a Utah law that would keep federal employees who are not certified law enforcement officers from enforcing state laws [Tribune].

A number of new laws go into effect today including a ban on teenage drivers using cell phones while behind the wheel [Tribune].

Federal prosecutors say embattled Provo businessman Jeremy Johnson is trying to intimidate witnesses and is attempting to drag Attorney General John Swallow into an unrelated civil lawsuit [Tribune, Deseret News].

In an interview, Swallow discusses and denies the allegations made against him [Fox 13].

Speaking of Swallow, state lawmakers say they may discuss the myriad allegations against him during their interim meetings on Wednesday [Deseret News].

Rep. Jason Chaffetz suggests it’s possible that President Barack Obama could be impeached over his handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Tribune].

Chaffetz also says IRS officials who targeted Tea Party organizations should end up in jail [Tribune].

The Utah Fund of Funds is suing the State Auditor’s office to keep information about how they are investing taxpayer money into Utah companies from becoming public [KUTV].

Controversy in the West Valley City Police Department prompts former Councilwoman Margaret Peterson to run for Mayor there, challenging incumbent Mike Winder [Tribune].

A grassroots group of Utah parents aims to fight for “common sense” gun policy in the Legislature [Tribune].

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Feds accuse Jeremy Johnson of intimidating witnesses

Amid controversy, West Valley City mayoral race heats up

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New law banning teen drivers from cellphones starts Tuesday

Utah's public university presidents paid less than national median

State lawmakers likely to discuss Attorney General John Swallow's troubles

Analysis shows where Utah stands with greenhouse gas emissions

Feds fight Utah over measure to curb law enforcement authority

Former councilwoman to run for West Valley City mayor

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Summit County residents shine light on going solar

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Rate of teen pregnancy, abortion drops in Utah (Daily Herald)

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