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Friday, December 5, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - December 5, 2014
Herbert unveils Healthy Utah. Congress races to avoid another government shutdown. Utah state troopers will wear body cameras.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 52
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 97
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 249
- Days to the 2015 election - 333
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 409
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 704
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- Governor Gary Herbert takes the wraps off his Healthy Utah Medicaid alternative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Optimism is growing that Congress will be able to pass a funding bill by a Dec. 11 deadline in order to avoid another government shutdown [Washington Post].
- House Republicans pass legislation to show their disapproval over President Obama's executive action on immigration [The Hill].
- Rep. Chris Stewart says the House push back against Obama's immigration actions helps reinforce the traditional powers of each branch of government [Deseret News].
- A second night of protests across the country over a New York grand jury's decision to not indict a police officer who killed an unarmed black man [New York Times].
- A federal report finds Cleveland police officers have a pattern of using unreasonable force [USA Today].
- Utah announces plans to have all state troopers wear body cameras [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova is charged with misuse of public funds [Tribune, Deseret News].
- East High School is dealing with a whooping cough outbreak [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake Chamber hosts their annual Clean Air Summit [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1848 - President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
- 1933 - Prohibition ended as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution which repealed the 18th Amendment.
- 1994 - Republicans chose Newt Gingrich as the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
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