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Friday, October 3, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - October 3, 2014

No action yet by SCOTUS on same-sex marriage. 56 possible witnesses in the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Number of secret bills exploding on Utah's Capitol Hill.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 32
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 115
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 160
  • Days to the 2015 election - 396
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 472
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 767

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court does not decide to take up any same-sex marriage cases, but they will meet again next week to decide more cases to consider [The HillTribune, Deseret News].
  2. There are 56 possible witnesses in the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  3. A paitent at Primary Children's Hospital is being monitored for signs of Ebola, but doctors say it's "extraordinarily unlikely" that person has the virus [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. An American freelance cameraman in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola [NY Daily News].
  5. Up to 100 people in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola [Politico].
  6. More than 60% of the bills being prepared for next year's legislative session are being readied in secret [Utah Policy].
  7. Mitt Romney's Utah voter-registration form has no party affiliation and lists the wrong address for the former presidential candidate [Tribune].
  8. Utah may be facing a water shortage as the population explodes [ABC 4].
  9. Nine Utah counties are using vote-by-mail for this year's election [Tribune].
  10. About 300 protestors will participate in a demonstration against police violence in downtown Salt Lake on Saturday [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1990 - West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring a new unified country.
  • 1995 - A jury found O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife Nichole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
  • 2005 - President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Miers withdrew three weeks later.
  • 2008 - the House gave final Congressional approval to a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: 'Good Landlord' programs don't give ex-inmates a fair chance

Despite voter-registration snafu Mitt Romney not shunning GOP

Ebola is 'extraordinarily unlikely' in patient at Utah hospita

Witness list for Shurtleff and Swallow includes 56 names

Utahns drive enough combined to go to moon 111 times a year

Election-by-mail trend changing how Utahns vote and campaign

No action from Supreme Court on gay marriage - yet

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Pray for America: Past leaders have, so why not us?

William J. Bennett: STEM education must start early - and Ogden's Green Acres shows the pathway

Thomas Wright: Benefits of the vote-by-mail program

Natalie Gochnour: Utah state budget - 'the rest of the story'

Editorial: Secession - really? Nearly 1 in 4 Americans support seceding from the U.S.

Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases after first meeting

Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers

More than 50 witnesses possible in trial for ex-Attorneys General Shurtleff, Swallow

Other

Editorial: Absenteeism a huge problem (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Up to 100 people being monitored in Dallas for Ebola (Politico)

High court passes on same-sex marriage cases (The Hill)

GOP surges in Alaska Senate race (The Hill)

Obama tries pivot, but voters want follow through (FOX News)

Supreme Court Once Again Takes Challenge To Disparate-Impact Claims (Forbes)

Interim Secret Service Chief Was in President's Detail (New York Times)

Millions pour into tight NC Senate race, as Dem holds edge (FOX News)

RNC chair: GOP ready to lead (Associated Press)

Republican Walker gains in Wisconsin, Brownback struggles in Kansas (Los Angeles Times)

Supreme Court: Can Florida bar judicial candidates from soliciting funds? (Christian Science Monitor)

Mitt Romney back in Michigan for GOP rally (Detroit News)





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