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May 24, 2013

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
May 24, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 167 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 250 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 526 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 963 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

An education task force learns the state needs to spend an additional $365 million per year on education to move out of last place in per-pupil funding. It would cost Utah $2.6 billion just to get to the national average [Tribune, Deseret News].

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announces he won’t seek re-election [Tribune, Deseret News].

Attorney General John Swallow’s campaign solicited donations from Utah companies that have been under investigation for shady business practices [Fox 13].

Federal investigators met briefly with a key ally of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff as part of a probe into alleged misconduct in the Attorney General’s office [Tribune].

A group of educators and students say Utah’s effort to take over federal lands within the state could have a number of negative consequences for the state [Tribune, Deseret News].

Rep. Jason Chaffetz continues to press the case for possibly impeaching President Obama [Deseret News].

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams hires a Utah Transit Authority official to head up economic development efforts for the county [Tribune].

A popular gay blogger is “uninvited” as Grand Marshall of the Utah Pride Festival because his presence might offend members of the LDS Church [Utah Policy].

The West Jordan City Council takes steps to make the mayor’s job a full-time position [Tribune].

New Census numbers show South Jordan has the second-fastest population growth in the nation over the past year [Tribune].

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