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Friday, January 9, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - January 9, 2015
Obama to propose free community college tuition. Barbara Boxer to retire. Plan to convert buses in Utah from diesel to natural gas has wide support.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 17
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 62
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 214
- Days to the 2015 election - 298
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 374
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 669
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- President Barack Obama is set to unveil a plan to make community college "tuition free" for students in an effort to boost the number of Americans with a college education [Washington Post]
- California Senator Barbara Boxer announces she will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 [Los Angeles Times].
- The House of Representatives is poised to approve the Keystone XL pipeline [The Hill].
- A proposal to convert buses from diesel to natural gas has widespread support among Utahns [Utah Policy].
- Incoming Rep. Norm Thurston wants to make it legal for Utahns to carry weapons on public transit [Tribune].
- Bob Bernick says there's an effort afoot to delay SB 54 until after the 2016 election, which would have the effect of saving Mike Lee's re-election bid [Utah Policy].
- The State School Board begins work on updating the state's science education standards [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake County Health Board approves a ban on wood burning during voluntary air action days [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A new study by the Salt Lake County Health Department shows the liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains more or less nicotine than what is shown on their labels [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Boston will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The selection means Salt Lake City will likely not bid to host the 2026 Winter Games [ESPN].
On this day in history:
- 1788 - Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
- 1861 - Mississippi seceded from the Union.
- 1987 - The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
- 2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
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