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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - December 24, 2014

Former President Bush hospitalized. Hughes argues in favor of moving the prison. Hatch says he's "sorry" that Huntsman attacked Lee.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 33
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 78
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 230
  • Days to the 2015 election - 314
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 390
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 685

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President George H.W. Bush is rushed to the hospital due to shortness of breath [CNN].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's "sorry" that Jon Huntsman Sr. called Sen. Mike Lee an "embarrassment" [Deseret News].
  3. Incoming House Speaker Greg Hughes argues it's time to move the state prison [Utah Policy].
  4. A judge says a San Juan County Commissioner can pay for his own lawyer to fight charges due to his part in a protest protest in Recapture Canyon [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The FDA eases regulations on gay men donating blood as long as they've been celibate for a year [Reuters].
  6. Former gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze allegedly won't let federal officers inspect his home to see if he has firearms in violation of a judge's owner [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Utah's population grew by more than 40,000 in the past year [Tribune].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert's budget proposal makes a significant investment in improving air quality [Deseret News].
  9. A broken pipe floods a downtown office housing employees of the Salt Lake County District Attorney [Deseret News].
  10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average moves above 18,000 for the first time ever [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1814 - The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
  • 1865 - The Ku Klux Klan was founded as a private social club by several Confederate Army veterans in Tennessee.
  • 1968 - Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.
  • 1992 - President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • 2009 - The Senate passed health care legislation, in the chamber's first Christmas Eve vote since 1895.

Today At Utah Policy

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #218
Jon Huntsman Sr. picks a fight with Sen. Mike Lee, calling Utah's junior Senator an "embarrassment." Plus, lawmakers probably won't make a decision about moving the prison before the end of the 2015 session. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #218
Jon Huntsman Sr. picks a fight with Sen. Mike Lee, calling Utah's junior Senator an "embarrassment." Plus, lawmakers probably won't make a decision about moving the prison before the end of the 2015 session. ...

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No Prison Relocation Decision During 2015 Session
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Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #6
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Featured Items

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Excerpt: Mia Love's never-ending campaign goes for the win

Utah's population grew by 40,115 this year

Utah's best, worst Title 1 schools identified

Rolly: Mike Lee vs. Santa - 'Twas the night before Christmas in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Prisons bring much positive change

Jay Evensen: Fixing Salt Lake's Pioneer Park - will it work this time?

Judge: Commissioner must pay for his own defense in ATV trespass case

Governor's budget directs new money to fight air pollution

DA employees could be displaced up to six weeks by flood of downtown offices

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns disapprove of Obama's executive actions on immigration

Hatch 'sorry to see' Lee called an 'embarrassment' to Utah


Editorial: Utah can afford a gas tax (Standard-Examiner)

Pleasant View wants more transportation funding (Standard-Examiner)

State identifies various schools as low or high performers (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Foundation report: Aversion to debt could explain low college graduation rate (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

It's official: IRS employees biased against conservatives (Washington Times)

De Blasio's nightmare (Politico)

Scenes From Putin's Economic Meltdown (Politico)

Dow clears 18,000 for first time (The Hill)

Sony to release 'The Interview' after all (The Hill)

A felon serve in Congress? Michael Grimm will test House (CNN)

Why protesters are ignoring New York mayor's plea for a pause (Christian Science Monitor)

Defense: Ex-Gov Should Volunteer, Not Go to Prison (Associated Press)

Florida Passes New York to Become Third-Most-Populous State (Bloomberg)

Satanic display at Florida Capitol damaged (Associated Press)

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