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May 09, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 180 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 263 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 539 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 976 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

A convicted businessman alleges former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and current A.G. John Swallow extorted him for thousands of dollars in trips, golf outings and meals [Tribune, City Weekly].

The Tribune Editorial Board applauds the decision to move the investigation into John Swallow to the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section [Tribune].

Rep. Jason Chaffetz produces his promised “whistleblowers” at a hearing on what happened during the a ttack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi [Tribune].

Before deciding whether to disband its transit police force, the Utah Transit Authority wants to consider what the purpose of the transit police should actually be [Tribune].

New census numbers say Utah’s voting population is becoming slightly more diverse, but there is still an overwhelming number of white voters in the state [Tribune].

Legislative leadership considers whether to make the legislative audit process more transparent [Utah Policy].
< br />The Salt Lake County Council will send a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert asking for one of the seats on the 11-member-board who will decide whether to relocate the Utah State Prison [Tribune].

The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts says they will allow their membership to “vote their conscience” on whether to approve a proposal to allow gay youths in the organization [Tribune, Deseret News].

Kennecott Utah Copper is offering some employees an early retirement package to help avoid expected layoffs due to the massive landslide at the Bingham Canyon Mine [Tribune].

Angry parents show up at a meeting to protest a decision by the Ogden School District to eliminate the district’s 20 certified media specialists [Standard-Examiner].

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