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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 14 days left in 2015.

The Fed raises interest rates. Kasich visits Utah. Fillmore wins the special election to replace Osmond in the Utah Senate.

The clock:

  • 39 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 46 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 54 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 84 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 96 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 128 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 194 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 327 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. As expected, the Fed hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade [Reuters].
  2. A new national survey finds Americans are afraid of more terrorist attacks in the United States [New York Times].
  3. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich visits Utah to raise some funds and tour the LDS Church's welfare facility [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Kasich's visit is part of a pattern by presidential candidates using Utah as an ATM for campaign cash [2 News].
  5. Republican delegates select businessman Lincoln Fillmore to replace Sen. Aaron Osmond, who resigned the District 10 seat [2 News].
  6. A victim impact statement shows Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams claims former Rep. Justin Miller embezzled nearly $80,000 from his campaign, which is three times as much as previously reported [City Weekly].
  7. The Utah Transit Authority's budget for next year includes expanding service by 5% [Tribune, Deseret NewsFox 13].
  8. A new study shows Utah employers are struggling to find qualified workers [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  9. President Barack Obama nominates former Centerville Mayor Ronald Russell for a spot on the federal bench [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Watch this! U.S. Women's National Soccer Team star Abby Wambach literally drops the mic on her storied career after playing her final game Wednesday night [SB Nation].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 - Orville Wright made history's first sustained airplane flight, lasting 12 seconds and covering 120 feet near Kitty Hawk, N.C. His brother Wilbur flew 852 feet later that day.
  • 1967 - The Clean Air Act is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1989 - "The Simpsons" premiered on Fox.
  • 1992 - President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada formally signed the North American Free Trade Treaty.
  • 1997 - New Jersey became the first state in the United States to permit same-sex couples to adopt children.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: ACA is not perfect, but Congress deserves some blame for that

Bosses give Utah workers high marks, but say some positions remain hard to fill

New UTA budget to increase service by 5%

Utah Senate confirms John Pearce as Utah Supreme Court justice

Obama nominates former Centerville mayor to Utah federal judgeship

San Juan County, Navajo Nation push for funding to improve rural school bus routes

Kasich praises Mormon welfare program, raises money in Utah

Businessman Fillmore defeats legislator to replace Osmond in Utah Senate

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Trump the chaos candidate

Op-ed: Trump’s fear-mongering threatens Republican Party

Jay Evensen: Utah's unskilled workforce looms as a problem

Council concedes to tax continuation for criminal justice reform

Study: Salt Lake among most affordable health care cities, but with some caveats

How do wages, education and age contribute to Utah's workforce skills gap?

President nominates former Centerville mayor for judgeship

Ohio governor, GOP candidate sees Utah's 'faith in action'


Democrats blast Herbert, GOP on education (Standard-Examiner)

County: Elected officials and county employees work similar hours, receive similar benefits (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Conservatives give Ryan a pass on budget deal they despise (Politico)

Clinton leans on billionaire Warren Buffett (Politico)

Senate Intelligence not investigating Cruz (The Hill)

Fiscal deal winners and losers (The Hill)

Marco Rubio continues to highlight differences with Ted Cruz after debate (CBS News)

FBI chief: San Bernardino shooters did not publicly promote jihad on social media (Los Angeles Times)

Trump shrugs off the idea of an endorsement from Bush (Washington Post)

House Democrats raise concerns about spending deal but passage likely (Washington Post)

Feds revamp terror alert system: What you should know (Christian Science Monitor)

The provision in the budget agreement that could radically change student loan servicing (Washington Post)

Liftoff: Fed raises rates for first time since '06 (USA Today)


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Cancelled Trip

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