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Friday, March 20, 2015

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Happy Friday! It's the first day of Spring.

Herbert says he may veto wood burning ban bill. State School Board backs off veto request. Salt Lake City has the 7th largest gay population in the U.S.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 144
  • Days to the 2015 election - 228
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 304
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 311
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 466
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 599

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's "leaning toward" signing a bill to bring back the firing squad as a means of execution [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Herbert also says he's considering vetoing a bill that would block state regulators from banning wood burning [Tribune].
  3. The State School Board will not ask Gov. Herbert to veto a bill that could threaten AP classes and the International Baccalaureate program [Tribune].
  4. A couple of bills passed by the 2015 legislature will hit drivers and homeowners in their pocketbooks [ABC 4].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is catching some heat for wearing orange during Salt Lake City's St. Patrick's Day parade [Tribune].
  6. Former Senator Bob Bennett talks about his battle with pancreatic cancer [KSL].
  7. Salt Lake City has the 7th largest gay population according to Gallup [New York Times].
  8. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says, even though, the state has passed non-discrimination legislation, the fight continues [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City's dreaded blue parking kiosks will soon begin accepting validations [KSL].
  10. Zion National Park officials say an employee has tested positive tuberculosis, but they do not pose a threat to visitors [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published.
  • 1854 - Former members of the Whig Party met in Ripon, Wisconsin to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. This new group eventually became the Republican Party.
  • 1995 - 12 people were killed, and more than 5,000 made ill in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
  • 2003 - U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Take a hard look at environment and birth

How the path of the Utah immigration debate turned a corner

Bob Wells guided Park City through turbulent times

Utah sends $500K more to unexplained wolf delisting efforts

State school board backs away from veto request on bill that could leave AP, IB vulnerable

Gov. Herbert eying veto of bill that would block ban on wood burning

Rolly: Memo to Becker: Orange doesn't go well with green on St. Pat's Day

Utah professor urges caution in altering DNA of unborn babies

Deseret News

Henri Sisneros: Thanks to Founding Fathers, happiness is a right for all Americans

Op-ed: Utah's seniors support Sen. Hatch's efforts with health care coverage

Greg Bell: Politicians should remember that Patton-attributed adage, 'All glory is fleeting'

Editorial: With hundreds of thousands of Utah children at risk, intergenerational poverty needs prompt action

State School Board won't seek veto of education code bill

Gov. Herbert 'leaning toward' signing firing squad bill


Community leaders address air quality improvements (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Changing Utah's education mission (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Give voters options (Standard-Examiner)

Kaysville receives special vote considerations (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Parties dig in on Loretta Lynch confirmation fight (Politico)

Obama to unveil fracking rules (Politico)

White House suggests US policy toward Israel could change (The Hill)

Fun Hillary Is Here to Make You Forget Those E mails (Daily Beast)

Senate boosts war fund to $96B (The Hill)

Republicans Learn to Play Hardball (Wall Street Journal)

Scott Walker makes 2016 South Carolina debut (Politico)

Schock, Jackson: Congressional resignation deja vu? (WBEZ)

Should the US government force citizens to vote? (Christian Science Monitor)

An ObamaCare Plan Beats No Plan (Wall Street Journal)

China Trounces U.S. 'Smart Power' (Wall Street Journal)


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