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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - October 2, 2014

Reyes and Stormont debate. Chaffetz hails the resignation of Secret Service head Julia Pierson. More hints Romney might run in 2016.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 33
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 116
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 161
  • Days to the 2015 election - 397
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 473
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 768

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republican Sean Reyes and Democrat Charles Stormont meet in their first debate for Attorney General [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns after an embarassing string of security breaches [New York Times].
  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz hails Pierson's resignation as the right decision [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A Dallas hospital at first failed to diagnose America's first case of Ebola, missing an opportunity to isolate the man when he first became contagious [Vox].
  5. Some Utah patients have been tested for Ebola, but the results have been negative [ABC 4].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee says conservatives need to lead a new war on poverty [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Paul Ryan says he won't run for president in 2016 if Mitt Romney does [Christian Science Monitor].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert's "Clean Air Action Team" recommends a number of steps to combat Utah's pollution problem [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Utah regulators unveil a plan to improve air quality over the state's national parks, but it does nothing to cut emissions from two older coal-fired power plants [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Weber County commission Chairman Kerry Gibson has some harsh words for the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1944 - The two-month-long Warsaw Uprising was squelched by Nazi troops battling the Polish underground.
  • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1990 - The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David Souter.
  • 2002 - A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Md., the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area that left 10 people dead.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: 'One Wasatch' ski connection favors resorts over the rest of us

Editorial: Utahns have no excuse not to register and vote

Intermountain states seek to keep hope alive for high-speed rail

Secret Service chief resigns after Chaffetz-led call for resignation

Utah guv's clean air advisers recommend cleaner-running cars, gas

State releases status quo plan for two old, coal-fired power plants

Utah's Sen. Lee calls for conservative war on poverty

Uinta Basin cooks up bad winter air

Sanctity of office at issue in attorney general debate

Deseret News

Op-ed: Honoring Wilderness Act architect

Dan Liljenquist: 'Surgical' airstrikes won't excise Islamic State cancer

Groups slam Utah's regional haze proposal

Herbert's clean air team: Move to clean fuels for cars immediately

Chaffetz calls Secret Service resignation 'the right decision'

Sen. Mike Lee says conservatives need to lead new war on poverty

Attorney general candidates Reyes, Stormont differ over defending Utah marriage law


Weber official rips UTA as 'a hungry, hungry beast' (Standard-Examiner)

'Visioning' retreat draws top Ogden leadership (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP sets sights on bigger House gains (Politico)

Scott Walker opens lead over Mary Burke in Wisconsin (Politico)

Speculation narrows on Eric Holder replacement (Politico)

US Ebola fears grow (The Hill)

US Ebola patient flew United Airlines from DC (The Hill)

US Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns after series of security lapses (First Post)

Retired Veteran of President's Detail Will Temporarily Lead Secret Service (New York Times)

2 New Limits on Voting in North Carolina Are Rejected by U.S. Court (New York Times)

House Republicans, on their heels after shutdown, now in position to add to majority (Washington Post)

Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas (UPI)

Jimmy Carter: I Could Have 'Wiped Out' Iran During Presidency (Christian Times)

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