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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, October 15, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 77 days left in 2015.

Obama to announce a plan to halt troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Doug Owens posts a good fundraising quarter. Lawmakers may have a special session this year to address election laws.

The clock:

  • 19 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 95 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 102 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 103 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 147 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 257 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 390 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a plan to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan until 2017 [Washington Post].
  2. Presidential candidates should start releasing their fundraising totals for the most recent quarter [New York Times].
  3. The Congressional Budget Office says the nation's debt limit must be raised within the next 30 days to avoid a default [Politico].
  4. Democrat Doug Owens posts a solid fundraising quarter, racking up more than $300,000 in donations [Tribune].
  5. Utah lawmakers are considering a push for a special session to alter the state's election laws [Utah Policy].
  6. Legislators may consider yet another plan to address Medicaid expansion, but that may not happen until the 2016 Session [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  7. The Utah Health Department warned Gov. Gary Herbert against cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood [Deseret News].
  8. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski get testy during a televised debate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Three female police officers who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Salt Lake City have agreed to a settlement [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. Utah Transit Authority executives agree to forego any bonuses next year. Instead, that money will go toward services [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1917 - The most famous spy of World War I, Gertrude Zelle, better known as Mata Hari, is executed outside of Paris.
  • 1946 - Nazi Reichmarschall Hermann Goering, sentenced to death as a war criminal, committed suicide in his prison cell on the eve of his scheduled execution.
  • 1966 - Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party.
  • 1991 - The Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 2009 - A false report that a 6-year-old boy was aboard a runaway balloon in Colorado captivated a global TV audience. The boy's parents later pleaded guilty to charges they made up the story.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Biskupski is the better collaborator for Salt Lake City

Editorial: Mountain not big enough for state agencies to see

County's CAT Labs to close on Nov. 13

Salt Lake City moving to designate more off-leash parks

Salt Lake City settles police harassment lawsuit tied to Burbank

Better campaign support boosts Owens' stature

Salt Lake City Council ready to put one-year moratorium on impact fees

UTA execs give up bonuses for a year

Salt Lake City mayor's race: Becker, Biskupski not pulling punches as Election Day nears

Utah Effect: Why the state has faster Internet than most of the nation - especially Idaho

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: ICD-10 codes and the trivialization of medicine

Op-ed: Proposition 1: A 2-step transportation funding compromise

Editorial: Utah payday loans lead many to debt trap

Washington County, environmental group square off over land plans

S.L. mayoral candidates square off in TV debate to break voter tie

Devotees of 50 faith traditions come together as Parliament of the World's Religions gets underway

Utah health department warned governor cutting Planned Parenthood funds a bad idea

GOP legislative leaders back limited Medicaid expansion


Proposed $10 million power generation plant would stop gap Lehi energy needs (Daily Herald)

Bishop's name floated as potential House speaker (Standard-Examiner)

Study commissioned for Interstate 80 corridor (Park Record)

County Council mulls property tax increase, new municipal services tax (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

GOP establishment stands by as activists pummel Ryan (Politico)

The obsession of the House Freedom Caucus (Politico)

Clinton puts gender front and center (The Hill)

Carson campaign plots expansion (The Hill)

More people watched 'NCIS' than the Democratic debate (Fortune)

Fuming Bernie supporters: Why is CNN deleting our comments? (Media Equalizer)

Why Clinton's debate success could come back to hurt her in the end (Washington Post)

Justice Department creates new position to handle domestic terror cases (Christian Science Monitor)

Jim Webb Wouldn't Be the First President to Have Killed a Man (Daily Beast)

Justices Delve Into Electricity Markets and Class-Action Demands (New York Times)

US Official: Terrorist Violence Poses Rising Threat to Religious Freedom (Voice of America)


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