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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - October 22, 2014
Utahns support "religious liberty" legislation. The state prison could move to a location near Salt Lake International Airport. Doug Owens debates alone after Mia Love skips an event.
- Days to the 2014 midterm election - 13
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 96
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 141
- Days to the 2015 election - 377
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 453
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 748
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- Utahns overwhelmingly support proposed legislation to reiterate the ability of clergy and religious organizations to refuse to perform same-sex marriage if they are opposed to the practice [Utah Policy].
- Democrat Doug Owens appears solo at the Salt Lake Rotary Club after Republican Mia Love refuses their invitation to debate [Deseret News].
- A source says the final four possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison include three locations in Salt Lake County and one in Saratoga Springs; Tooele is apparently out of the running [Utah Policy].
- Health officials say they are set to begin testing vaccines to fight Ebola [New York Times].
- Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post, dies at the age of 93 [Washington Post].
- A new Utah law makes signers responsible for knowing what a petition says when they add their signature [Daily Herald].
- Salt Lake County's tax collections are slightly ahead of projections this year [Tribune].
- An audit concludes more than half of Utah's juvenile offenders return to jail, which costs the state millions of dollars annually [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The toxicity of algae in parts of Utah Lake are 70-times higher than safe levels [KSL].
- Democratic Congressional candidate Donna McAleer bemoans Utah's ranking as the "worst" state in the nation for women [Huffington Post].
On this day in history:
- 1746 - Princeton University received its charter.
- 1962 - President John F. Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
- 1968 - Apollo 7, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, returned to Earth.
- 1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
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