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May 07, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 182 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 265 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 541 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 978 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

The U.S. Attorney for Utah steps aside in the investigation into Attorney General John Swallow, which means the case will now be handled by the Justice Department [Tribune, Deseret News].

Even though she hasn’t officially declared for a second run at Congress, Mia Love tells a group of Republican women she is planning to challenge Jim Matheson in 2014 [Standard-Examiner].

Rep. Jason Chaffetz continues to press the i nvestigation into what happened during the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Tribune, KSL].

An analysis shows lawmakers aren’t abusing the system of “congratulatory letters” that can be sent out by the Legislature [Utah Policy].

Gov. Gary Herbert names UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras to the top spot in that agency [Tribune, Deseret News].

Herbert is visiting a number of Utah rural communities [Daily Herald].

Utah officials are trying to figure out how to deal with a proposed federal cap on spending on state-run high-risk insurance pools, which could shift cost overruns to the state [Tribune].

Hunters have killed more than 6,000 coyotes under the state’s bounty program [KSL].

A private school in Salt Lake City took more than $28,000 in money under the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship for students who never attended the school [Tribune].

The city of American Fork is using concrete barriers to deter panhandlers [Deseret News].

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