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Friday, December 19, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - December 19, 2014
Report dings the Secret Service. Legislative panel gives the thumbs down to Healthy Utah. Herbert nominates Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 38
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 83
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 235
- Days to the 2015 election - 319
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 395
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 690
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- The U.S. is considering a direct confrontation with North Korea over the hacking into Sony Pictures computers [New York Times].
- A new report concludes the Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs better training and staff [CNN].
- Oklahoma and Nebraska file suit against Colorado saying Colorado's legalization of Marijuana is causing the drug to spill into neighboring states where its still illegal [USA Today].
- A legislative panel rejects Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, instead recommending two other plans [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Bob Bernick wonders if lawmakers can be trusted to keep their promise on SB 54 [Utah Policy].
- More voices join the chorus calling for moving the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
- A new legislative audit says Utah's colleges and universities need better accounting of privately funded building projects [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Another audit says lawmakers need to come up with better requirements for potable water systems [Deseret News].
- The owner of a dog killed by a Salt Police officer this past summer plans to sue the Salt Lake Police Department for $1.5 million [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1732 - Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
- 1777 - Gen. George Washington led his army to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
- 1974 - Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald Ford, who became president when Richard Nixon resigned.
- 1998 - President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
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