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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - November 18, 2014
Vote on Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Hughes has a "big idea" to improve Utah's air quality. Business and civic leaders launch effort to increase transportation funding.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 69
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 114
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 266
- Days to the 2015 election - 350
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 426
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 721
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday [Yahoo News].
- House Republicans will choose new committee chairs for the next Congress Tuesday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in the running to head the Oversight Committee [ABC News].
- Sen. Mike Lee is the lone no vote on a program revamping the government's top child care program [Associated Press].
- New House Speaker Greg Hughes has a "big idea" to help Utah improve air quality [Utah Policy].
- A coalition of business and civic leaders launch an effort to convince lawmakers to increase transportation funding [Tribune].
- A panel proposes lengthening the legislative session in order to reduce the flood of bills that come up at the end [Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah Highway Patrol drops their opposition to a plan raising speed limits on freeways around the Wasatch Front [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A same-sex couple from Michigan takes their case to the Supreme Court after a lower court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage in four states [Associated Press].
- Rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar threaten to cease operations in Salt Lake City if the City Council passes ordinances to regulate the companies [Tribune].
- Sen. Aaron Osmond proposed naming the golden retriever Utah's official state domestic animal [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1883 - The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
- 1978 - More than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to commit suicide by drinking cyanide-laced punch.
- 1987 - The congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
- 2003 - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
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