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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - October 23, 2014

GOP lawmakers rally behind Mia Love. Rally demands more accountability for police. The Utah Transit Authority plans to move forward with a transit development a legislative audit deemed as risky.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 12
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 95
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 140
  • Days to the 2015 election - 376
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 452
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 747

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republican members of Utah's Congressional delegation rally behind Mia Love and decry the tactics of her opponent, Democrat Doug Owens [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. A land compromise in Daggett County will be included in a lands bill in Congress [Deseret News].
  3. Protestors in downtown Salt Lake City demand more accountability for police [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Transit Authority plans to move ahead with a transit development in West Jordan that a legislative audit warned may be too risky [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The UTA will make a final decision about whether to implement distance-based fares sometime next year [Tribune].
  6. New Census numbers highlights the growing number of multi-generational families in Utah as nearly 60,000 grandparents are caring for children [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The president of Utah State University defends the school's reaction to a mass-shooting threat that forced a feminist writer to cancel an appearance at the school [Tribune].
  8. A shooter storms Candian Parliament and kills a soldier before being killed [The Globe and Mail].
  9. The U.S. will start monitoring travelers from West Africa for Ebola [New York Times].
  10. Democratic strategist David Axelrod is set to speak in Salt Lake City next week [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1973 - President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.
  • 1983 - A suicide bombing at Beruit International Airport in Lebanon killed 241 U.S. Marines.
  • 1987 - the U.S. Senate rejected the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork, 58-42.
  • 2001 - Apple Computer introduced the iPod.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah GOP comes to Love's defense in 4th District

UTA: The deal auditors call risky is 'fair'

Utahns back religious protections against gay marriage

Utah report: Almost 58,000 grandparents caring for grandkids

Deseret News

Op-ed: McAleer seeks changes in Congress

Henri Sisneros: Improved assessments help reduce recidivism

Jay Evensen: Unfortunately, Canada may never be the same

UTA moving forward with transit-oriented development in West Jordan

Proposed rules on university researchers' hemp cultivation may go too far, Utah lawmaker says

Daggett County lands compromise touted as model for nation

Commission not ready to announce top sites for prison relocation

GOP senators, congressmen offer support to Love and slam her opponent's tactics

Utahns support bill making clear clergy don't have to perform same-sex marriages, poll shows


Editorial: No need for Amendment A (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans ready to party on Election night (Politico)

Warren shift on White House? (The Hill)

Ryan ties Hagan to Obama in NC stop (The Hill)

WH: Immigration stories 'crazy' (The Hill)

Evidence supports officer's account of shooting in Ferguson (Washington Post)

'Wastebook' calls out government spending: massages for rabbits and beyond (Christian Science Monitor)

Has Alison Lundergan Grimes pulled even with Mitch McConnell in Kentucky? (Christian Science Monitor)

White House Invokes Physics in Closing Donor Sessions (Bloomberg)

Ron Klain: The Last Fixer (Wall Street Journal)

Secession Plans Pop Up In Florida (Huffington Post)

Crist: People Losing Their Jobs Over Minimum Wage Hike 'Worth It' (Daily Caller)

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