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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, January 8, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 358 days left in 2016.

President Obama holds a town-hall meeting on guns. Trump says he would nix gun-free zones around schools. Herbert says it's time for the feds to listen to the states.

The clock:

  • 17 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 24 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 32 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 62 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 74 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 106 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 172 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 305 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama holds a town-hall style event to talk about guns [Washington Post].
  2. Donald Trump says he would eliminate gun-free zones at schools [Washington Post].
  3. House Republicans reached out to GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson about possibly replacing John Boehner as speaker of the house in 2014 [The Hill].
  4. Republican woman are worried the renewed focus by Trump on Bill Clinton's sex scandals will backfire and push independent-leaning and some Republican women to vote for Hillary Clinton [USA Today].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert, chairman of the National Governors Association, delivers the "State of the States" address in Washington, D.C. [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  6. Utah lawmakers are considering legislation to force BYU and Utah to play each other in basketball after Utah suspended the yearly contest [2 News, Fox 13].
  7. Rep. Patrice Arent is pushing legislation to eliminate straight-ticket voting from the Utah ballot [Fox 13].
  8. Snowpack levels in Utah are at or near normal statewide, but northern Utah is still sitting below normal [Tribune, ABC 4].
  9. The State School Board wants a $90 million boost in per-pupil spending [Tribune].
  10. A group of Utahns has traveled to Oregon to try and defuse the situation between a group of armed militiamen at a federal wildlife refuge and law enforcement [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.
  • 1815 - Gen. Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
  • 1867 - Congress approved legislation that allowed blacks to vote in the District of Columbia.
  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States.
  • 2002 - President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.
  • 2011 - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fired as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson. Six people were killed, and 12 others were injured.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: A year after James Barker died, SLC still needs to address police accountability

Herbert says governors want presidential candidates to pay attention to states

State school board seeks $90M in per-pupil funding, puts flexible spending before technology

Candidate signatures coming in, but Utah GOP says, ‘Not so fast’

Utah upholds long-term renewable-power contracts

Utah group travels to Oregon seeking conclusion to Bundy militia occupation

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: U.S. economy is strengthening

Editorial: All drivers should reconsider the dangers of distracted driving

Herbert calls for restoration of balance of power between states, feds

Rep. Stewart: North Korea's actions indicate 'extraordinarily dangerous time'

Candidate petitions causing more strife in Utah GOP

State School Board creates new advisory group for educational equity

Outdoor Retailer show brings new products, new revenue to Utah

Former Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey called as LDS mission president

Inspector general: Thousands of Interior Department laptops vulnerable to cyber attack

Veteran underemployment represents growing concern


Provo air ranked dirtiest in the nation (Daily Herald)

Senator Lee to hold Provo public forum at his old high school (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump ties Hillary Clinton to Lewinsky, Weiner, Cosby in latest attack (Politico)

Obama and the dictators (Politico)

Liberal group demands DNC chairwoman resign (The Hill)

Roy Moore: the Alabama judge who 'relishes' gay marriage fight (Christian Science Monitor)

Judiciary chairman: State provided 'false information' about Clinton emails (The Hill)

Planned Parenthood will make unprecedented primary endorsement of Hillary Clinton (Washington Post)

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel is on the ropes — and now he does this? (Washington Post)

Cliven Bundy still owes the U.S. $1 million. What are the feds doing to collect it? (Los Angeles Times)

Joe Biden on 2016 decision: 'I regret it every day' (CNN)

Greenberg's Big Donation to Bush Super-PAC Was Made 'Months Ago' (Bloomberg)

Stock Markets Shudder After Chinese Stock Plunge Forces a Trading Halt (New York Times)


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