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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - December 18, 2014

U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. Russia's economy continues to plummet. Opposition to moving Utah's prison cuts across partisan lines.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 39
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 84
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 236
  • Days to the 2015 election - 320
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 396
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 691

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama announces the United States will reverse course and normalize relations with Cuba [Washington Post].
  2. Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to calm fears while the Russian economy continues to crater [Reuters].
  3. Sony Pictures cancels the release of a film depicting the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader after hackers tied to that country threaten terrorist attacks on movie theaters that show the film [Reuters].
  4. A poll shows opposition to moving the state prison reaches across partisan lines [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the House Oversight panel will continue to investigate the Obama administration under his leadership [Tribune].
  6. Lawmakers will again discuss a statewide non-discrimination law as well as "religious liberty" legislation during the 2015 session [Tribune].
  7. A state audit says Utah's budget is becoming more dependent on federal dollars [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  8. Longtime Utah politico Randy Horiuchi retires; Westminster College announces a fellowship named after him [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Morgan County has the 12th lowest poverty rate in the country [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority dips into its reserves to restore some holiday service in their latest budget [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1865 - Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.
  • 1957 - The first nuclear facility in the U.S. to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
  • 1987 - Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Graduation rate a win for diversity

UTA budget restores some holiday service

Utah Cubans differ: Change is 'great thing' or 'big favor to a dictator'

Humor abounds as Horiuchi retires

Morgan County has nation's 12th lowest poverty rate

Most Utahns want prison to stay put, poll shows

Chaffetz: Oversight will actively probe Obama administration

Competing proposals on gay rights to be aired in 2015 session

Will Mormon mission calls soon say Havana?

Deseret News

Kirk Jowers: Chaffetz named 'politician of year'

Jay Evensen: Cuba not likely to change through openness, either

Editorial: Water, a precious commodity

Friends honor Randy Horiuchi's long career in public service with Westminster College fellowship

Obama pardons Colorado man for 1997 archaeological crime in Utah

Majority of Utahns oppose moving state prison, new poll shows

How would LDS be affected by renewed US-Cuba relations?


Gary Anderson, Doug Witney prepare to say goodbye to Utah County Commission (Daily Herald)

Doug Gibson: A national conversation on race is unlikely (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Wasting time on immigration (Standard-Examiner)

South Davis cities oppose prison site near airport (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama to open normalization talks with Castro (Politico)

Senate Dem: Cuba trade rewards 'brutal behavior' (The Hill)

Jeb Bush: No talks with 'repressive regime' (The Hill)

How the Bush family became a dynasty (Houston Chronicle)

Arizona's McSally wins House race in recount, adds to GOP's historic majority (FOX News)

Legal corruption? It's real, and it's a problem for Illinois. (Huffington Post)

Terrorism Insurance Set to End After Senator's Objections (Bloomberg)

US Global Aid Chief to Resign; Oversaw Secret Cuba Programs (Associated Press)

The Reasons a Federal Court Gave for Declaring Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Unconstitutional (Townhall)

Obama Makes 30 Million Acres Of Alaskan Waters Off Limits To Drilling (Daily Caller)

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