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Friday, January 30, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - January 30, 2015

Senate approves Keystone XL. Utahns express confidence in the police. Lawmakers unveil air quality legislation.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 41
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 193
  • Days to the 2015 election - 277
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 353
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 360
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 515
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 648

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. Senate approves the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure [New York Times].
  2. Jeb Bush hires a key Mitt Romney strategist from his 2012 run [New York Times].
  3. A new poll finds most Utahns feel they are treated fairly by local police departments [Utah Policy].
  4. A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveil a raft of bills targeting air quality [Deseret News, ABC 4].
  5. Rep. Jacob Anderegg is pushing a bill to roll back part of a ban on texting while driving that lawmakers passed last year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Legislators are planning on holding standing committee meetings during the final week of the Legislature, ensuring more bills get a committee hearing before lawmakers have to take a final vote on them [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Chris Stewart visits Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveils a new initiative that aims to build 5,000 units of affordable housing over the next five years [Tribune].
  9. Utah's Democrats name Lauren Littlefield as their next Executive Director [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. New Census numbers show Utahns get divorced more than the national average, but those people often remarry quickly [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1933 - Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany
  • 1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
  • 1968 - The Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Partisan school boards won't improve education

Balancing LGBT, religious rights won't be easy, Mormon leaders concede

Chamber leads drive for legislative funding

Utahns enthusiastic about the economy

Utah speeders and Obama's immigration actions linked in AG hearing

State school board budget recommendations include changes to charter funding

Lawmakers may erase new law that helps enforce texting ban

Lawmakers want to end fed review of Utah road projects

Rolly: Ted Cruz's dad, the anti-Dallin Oaks, to highlight Utah County Lincoln Day Dinner

Utahns are OK with divorce - and up for more marriages

Becker unveils plan to build 5,000 units of affordable housing in Salt Lake City

Jurors will continue deliberating fate of accused fraudster Marc Jenson on Friday

Utah A.G. to police: 'Never, ever feel ashamed to wear your badge'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Free community college will hurt higher education and students

Jay Evensen: In fight over school funding, don't eliminate choices

Editorial: What The New York Times gets wrong about religious liberty

Op-ed: For many reasons, Eagle Mountain not right for a prison

Joanne Seghini: Unified Plan would make air cleaner, transportation easier

Editorial: Fix, don't repeal, Affordable Care Act

Utah lawmakers unveil $28 million in air quality proposals

Hundreds gather to salute, honor law enforcement

State legislator wants to dial back new distracted driving law

'Crucial' change cuts proposed tax increase for education in half

Jury in fraud case deliberating fate of ex-millionaire Marc Jenson

Rep. Chris Stewart says he's working on 'freedom of conscience' bills

Will new primary system for 2016 election stay intact?

Utah's largest oil producer lays off 80 employees in Duchesne County

2 bills seek more hunting, fishing opportunities for Utah youth

Mitt Romney calls Utah home, could open up about Mormon faith in potential 2016 run

State School Board explores budget cuts as part of state funding exercise

LDS leaders respond to reaction over their call to balance gay, religious rights


Utah County residents oppose ban on wood burning (Daily Herald)

Weber and Davis counties begin counting the homeless (Standard-Examiner)

Police rights to impound cars debated by lawmakers (Standard-Examiner)

State representative for central Ogden goes to bat for local concerns (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bush hires top Iowa strategist (Politico)

Obama vs. Bibi (Politico)

Buzz builds around Walker (The Hill)

White House: Taliban not a terror group (The Hill)

Senate votes to build Keystone, defying veto threat from Obama (The Hill)

As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush (Associated Press)

Republicans ask: Is Loretta Lynch just another Eric Holder? (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama budget proposal would boost spending beyond 'sequestration' caps (Washington Post)

Official: Gitmo prisoner traded for Bergdahl reaching out to Taliban (FOX News)

Sen. McCain calls Code Pink protesters 'low-life scum' after they shout at Kissinger (Tampa Bay Times)

GOP's Walker, Gearing Up for 2016, Emphasizes His Faith in Iowa (Wall Street Journal)

Texas GOP chairman sides with Rand Paul (CNN)

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