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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

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:

  1. Governor Gary Herbert takes the wraps off his Healthy Utah Medicaid alternative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. 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].
  3. House Republicans pass legislation to show their disapproval over President Obama's executive action on immigration [The Hill].
  4. 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].
  5. 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].
  6. A federal report finds Cleveland police officers have a pattern of using unreasonable force [USA Today].
  7. Utah announces plans to have all state troopers wear body cameras [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova is charged with misuse of public funds [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. East High School is dealing with a whooping cough outbreak [Tribune].
  10. 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  • 1933 - Prohibition ended as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution which repealed the 18th Amendment.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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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Hatch: Air Force's Utah test range needs to expand

Editorial: Objections provide a way out of prison plan

Rolly: LDS Church promotes author that the Deseret News snubbed

State plans to have all Utah troopers wear body cameras

House votes to kill president's immigration changes

Residents say local farming key to Utah way of life

Politically connected among owners of prison-site prospects

Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his plan for covering Utahns in the health care 'gap'

Deseret News

Op-ed: No room for harassment in equality

Op-ed: Reaching compromises on elections

Greg Bell: Immigration reform succumbed to the 'nirvana fallacy'

Editorial: U.S., Latin America benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership trading

Carbon County sheriff charged with misusing public money

Herbert unveils his version of Medicaid expansion to public, legislators

Salt Lake Chamber makes 'business case' for clean air

Bill nullifying Obama's immigration action reaffirms proper roles, Stewart says


Editorial: Commission spat unseemly (Standard-Examiner)

Voters group pursues study of county government options (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The money majority (Politico)

Republicans shout down Ted Cruz (Politico)

Boehner expects Dems to support GOP plan for government funding (The Hill)

Political group releases country music ad imploring Hillary Clinton to run in 2016 (New York Daily News)

Trent Lott's advice to Mitch McConnell: 'Deal sternly' with GOP obstructionists (Christian Science Monitor)

Military Sexual-Assault Reports Rise (Wall Street Journal)

Landrieu getting little help before Senate runoff (Associated Press)

'Rolling Stone' story on U. Va. rape criticized (USA Today)

Jenna Bush Hager warns people to back off criticizing Malia and Sasha Obama (New York Daily News)

Charles Barkley's Public Image in a Free Fall. . . Among Blacks (Atlanta Black Star)

The Jungle: San Jose shuts notorious homeless encampment (San Jose Mercury News)

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Wise Words

Perspective on Justice
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. ~Thomas Szasz Quote Garden

Lighter Side

Accelerated Warming
"The Senate came one vote short of granting approval to build the Keystone pipeline. Democrats say the pipeline could accelerate global warming. Then people who've been outside today said, 'Sounds good to me. Let's accelerate that global warming.'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor