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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Shurtleff asks a judge to throw out charges against him. Utah lawmaker will run legislation to change daylight savings time in Utah. The Utah State Fair turned a profit this year.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 19
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 102
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 147
  • Days to the 2015 election - 383
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 459
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 754

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asks a judge to throw out the charges against him because, he argues, prosecutors cannot specify what criminal acts he allegedly committed [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Sen. Aaron Osmond says he will run legislation to either do away with or change daylight savings time in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A citizen's group asks lawmakers to raise sales taxes to fund increased services from the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. The Utah State Fair turned a profit this year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Democrat Donna McAleer releases a campaign ad blaming Rob Bishop for last year's government shutdown; Bishop calls the ad misleading [Tribune].
  6. Utah Democrats slam Mia Love's statements during her debate with Doug Owens [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Florida Gubernatorial debate took an interesting turn as Republican Rick Scott refused to take the state because Democrat Charlie Crist had a fan underneath his podium; he eventually relented [Washington Post].
  8. It's late in the campaign season, meaning stolen campaign signs are a big thing [Deseret News].
  9. A group is urging Gov. Gary Herbert to enforce Amendment 3 even thought it has been struck down as unconstitutional [Deseret News].
  10. After a feminist speaker cancelled an appearance at Utah State University because of anonymous threats of a mass shooting should she speak, Rep. Curt Oda says he wants to allow more open carrying of weapons on Utah's college campuses [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 - Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution.
  • 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown, hoping to start an anti-slavery rebellion, led a raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry.
  • 1962 - The Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed of the presence of missile basis in Cuba.
  • 1978 - Polish Carinal Karol Wojtyla sas elected pope by the Catholic Church; he took the name John Paul II.
  • 2002 - President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah lawmakers scrutinize raw milk industry after illnesses

Utah crime commission hopes to increase public safety, reduce re-offenses

Something new under the sun: Utah may dump daylight saving time

McAleer ad slams Bishop on shutdown; he calls it misleading

Utah lawmaker: State colleges can't limit guns

State environmental leaders: Tier 3 gasoline is a long way away

Ex-Utah AG Shurtleff asks judge to throw out charges against him

Dems: Mia Love told some debate 'whoppers'

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Ebola virus has launched humanity into uncharted waters

Jay Evensen: Government provides little confidence in Ebola fight

Editorial: New Utah school superintendent could be the reformer the state needs

Lawmakers vent to feds, assert forest fire inaction

State officials laud low-sulfur fuel as key to air pollution fix

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff asks judge to toss criminal charges against him

Legislators propose education savings account program

Lawmaker pledges to run bill changing daylight saving time

Traditional marriage supporters want Utah to enforce Amendment 3

Bishop Wester weighs in on Catholic Church's 'change of tone'

Democrats challenge Mia Love's statements in debate

Utah health officials prepare for 'eventuality' of local Ebola case


Editorial: Andersen misrepresenting voice of Orem (Daily Herald)

Audit: Corporate tax credit benefits not verified (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Obama hits lowest approval (Politico)

Feds on defense over Ebola (The Hill)

Poll Shows Gardner Leading Colorado Senate Race (RTT News)

House Dems Campaign Head Preparing for Worst (NBC News)

Texas voter ID case to test Supreme Court's priorities (MSNBC)

Houston subpoenas pastors' sermons in gay rights ordinance case (Religion News Service)

Pennsylvania Rep. Marty Flynn exchanges gunfire with would-be robbers: report (New York Daily News)

Do Obama's abysmal approval ratings signal a looming Republican takeover? (Christian Science Monitor)

Budget Deficit Returns to Prerecession Levels (Wall Street Journal)

Former ACLU lawyer to lead U.S. Justice Department civil rights unit (Reuters)

Grimes vs. McConnell: why Democrats turned off spigot in Kentucky Senate race (Christian Science Monitor)

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