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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - December 11, 2014

Spending bill hits a snag. Herbert set to unveil budget proposal. BYU poll says Utahns don't like the Zion Curtain.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 46
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 91
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 243
  • Days to the 2015 election - 327
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 403
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 698

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A $1.1 billion spending bill in Congress hits some snags but lawmakers are confident they can get it passed by Thursday's deadline to avoid another government shutdown [New York Times].
  2. U.N. officials want prosecutions for U.S. officials who condoned and participated in the actions detailed in the report on torture that came out earlier this week [Associated Press]. 
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert is set to unveil his budget proposal for next year. The total spending could top $14 billion due to new budget surpluses [Deseret News].
  4. A BYU poll shows Utahns don't think the "Zion Curtain" does anything to curtail drinking among children [Deseret News].
  5. The same BYU poll suggests Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings could hurt his chances for re-election in 2016 [Tribune].
  6. Eagle Mountain officials approve using $50,000 of taxpayer mountain to fight efforts to relocate the state prison there. At the same time, Saratoga Springs gets off the list of potential sites [Deseret NewsTribune].
  7. Davis County Commissioners approve a $108 million budget that includes no property tax hikes [Standard Examiner].
  8. Rep. Jeremy Peterson wants $2.5 million in state money to improve housing in Ogden [Standard Examiner].
  9. The Salt Lake City Council puts a plan to open the main library 24/7 on hold [Tribune].
  10. West Valley City mulls a $1 million proposal to equip all of their police officers with body cameras [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1816 - Indiana became the 19th state.
  • 1936 - Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
  • 1972 - Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
  • 1997 - More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 1998 - The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

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Local Headlines

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Editorial: Republicans should delve into the real Obama scandal

Utah will have another $638M to spend thanks to spike in growth

West Valley City may outfit entire police force with body cameras

UTA decides to keep its police force

Mike Lee could be vulnerable if Count My Vote changes stick

Eagle Mountain to use taxpayer cash to fight prison plan

Deseret News

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Jay Evensen: Value of Utah prison can't be compared to value of the land

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Higher education leaders seek to 'notch up' performance-based funds

Gov. Gary Herbert expected to recommend $14 billion-plus budget

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Eagle Mountain officials oppose prison; Saratoga Springs gets off state list


Eagle Mountain makes an anti-prison move (Daily Herald)

Western States Ventures withdraws from consideration for prison relocation (Daily Herald)

No tax hike in Davis County, but 1% raise for workers (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker wants funds to eliminate 'lousy housing' in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Spending bill includes hefty cut to IRS (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Michael Hayden Is Not Sorry (Politico)

Budget winners? Boy Scouts. Budget losers? Michelle Obama. (Politico)

Hagel: 'Hope is not a strategy' (The Hill)

White House criticizes terrorism bill, but stops short of veto threat (The Hill)

Left revolts over funding bill (The Hill)

Liberals and Conservatives Gripe About $1.1T Bill (Associated Press)

CIA is fighting back after the torture report (Associated Press)

Torture Report Already Endangering U.S. Interests (U.S. News & World Report)

Psychologist Linked to CIA Torture: 'I'm Caught in Some Kafka Novel' (Bloomberg)

House Benghazi Probe Likely to Be Narrowed (Associated Press)

President Obama to announce $1 billion in funding for preschool (Christian Science Monitor)

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