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Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - January 15, 2015

Obama to unveil paid leave plan for workers. Utahns support stronger restrictions on payday lenders. Lawmakers working to find compromise over Healthy Utah before the 2015 session.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 11
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 56
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 208
  • Days to the 2015 election - 292
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 368
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 663

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama is set to call on states to design paid leave programs for workers [Forbes].
  2. The GOP will hold their national convention in July, which is significantly earlier than past conventions [National Journal].
  3. Poll shows Utahns support stronger restrictions on payday lenders [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Herbert and Legislative leaders are trying to find a compromise on his Healthy Utah plan before the 2015 session gets underway [Deseret News].
  5. Utah's House members all vote for a GOP-led measure to thwart President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  6. Mayor Ralph Becker touts fairness in his annual State of the City Address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Attorney General Sean Reyes made a secret trip to Columbia to free child sex slaves [Fox 13, Deseret News].
  8. A new study says Utah's tax burden is at a 20-year low [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Chris Stewart is named to the House Intelligence Committee [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority says adding late-night service would cost an extra $49 million annually [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
  • 1978 - Serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
  • 2001 - Wikipedia made its debut.
  • 2009 - US Airways Capt Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Statue gone from Dixie, but name remains

Army blows up potential Utah prison site

Orem restricts electronic billboards

Congress' Utahns back bill to thwart Obama's immigration orders

Utah's tax burden hits 20-year low, rich-poor gap widens

Utah's Stewart named to Intelligence Committee

Fraser Nelson to lead innovation for Salt Lake County

Becker lays out rays of sunshine in State of the City

UTA: Extra late-night service would be too pricey

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Raising gas taxes would be the wrong thing to do

Dan Liljenquist: Battle cyber jihad by valuing freedoms

Op-ed: Public transit system needs to change before riders commit to using public transportation

Utah's tax burden at 20-year low, report says

Becker's speech to children includes dig at lawmakers for inaction on air quality

Can state leaders, Herbert compromise on Medicaid before session?

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Utah A.G. Sean Reyes made secret trip to rescue child sex slaves in Colombia


Mia Love and Jason Chaffetz move to thwart Obama's immigration actions (Daily Herald)

Orem withholds UTOPIA payment (Daily Herald)

Box Elder lawmaker wants to stop Daylight Savings Time (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County hires Stuart Reid to $90,000 consultant position (Standard-Examiner)

Hill not disturbed after ISIS hacks DoD social media sites (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Grueling Keystone fight to hit new Senate (The Hill)

Boehner defector: Don't belittle others (The Hill)

House passes bill to defund Obama's immigration orders (The Hill)

Elizabeth Warren endorses, raises money for Kamala Harris (Politico)

John Podesta joins Clinton campaign: What that means for Hillary 2016 (Christian Science Monitor)

Only 20% of Republican Women Call It Important to See a Female President in Their Lifetime (TIME)

White House Backs Cities That Want to Build Their Own Super-Speed Internet (Wired)

Mitt Romney vs. Jeb Bush vs. Chris Christie (The Week)

Teamsters' 25 Years of Federal Oversight to End (Wall Street Journal)

Taxpayers Likely to Face Worst Service From IRS Since 2001, Report Says (Wall Street Journal)

Head of Philadelphia Fed Urges Return to 'Normal' Monetary Policy (CBS News)

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