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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - March 26, 2015

Good Thursday Morning.

A new poll shows Utahns don't trust the federal government. Meetings over Medicaid expansion will be closed. Herbert signs prison relocation bill.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 138
  • Days to the 2015 election - 222
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 298
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 305
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 460
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 593

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new survey finds Utahns really don't trust the federal government [Utah Policy].
  2. A report shows retirement benefits for Utah Transit Authority executives are higher than normal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert's office says the meetings to resolve the Medicaid expansion impasse will be closed to the public [Deseret News].
  4. Critics worry Utah's reinstating of the firing squad will have a negative impact on the state's image [Associated Press].
  5. Gov. Herbert signs a number of bills including one to finalize the process for relocating the prison [ABC 4, Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to use part of a proposed ZAP-tax bond in 2016 to pay for maintenance of county facilities [Tribune].
  7. Health officials warn of a whooping cough outbreak in the Park City School District [KSL].
  8. A group of BYU graduates claim the school is discriminating against students who leave the LDS faith [ABC 4].
  9. President Obama is set to announce a new proposed restrictions on payday lending and other short-term high-interest loans [Huffington Post].
  10. Television ratings show Fox 13 is tops among local news viewers, followed by 2 News and KSL [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1830 - The Book of Mormon was published.
  • 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio.
  • 1979 - Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty at the White House, ending 30 years of hostilities.
  • 1997 - The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult who had committed suicide were found inside a mansion in California.

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Featured Items

Governor Signs Prison Development Bill, Enhancements to Benefits for Fallen Police, Firefighters
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Gov. Herbert Signs Primary Seat Belt Pilot Program
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UTA Board Driving Reform
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UTC Perfect in 2015 Utah Legislative Session � Engineering Initiative Receives $4.5 Million
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Back to the future?

County plans ZAP tax bond, including a piece for maintenance

Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance

UTA report: Salaries aren't higher than norm, but retirement and bonuses are

Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: An impactful U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is a mirage

Jay Evensen: U.S. should put religious liberty front and center in foreign relations

Editorial: Giving president 'fast-track' trade promotion benefits Utah, U.S. economies

UTA board approves new pay plan for executives, managers

Meetings to resolve Medicaid expansion will be closed, governor's office says


Washington County Democrats elect new Executive Committee (SU Independent)

Orem mayor wants full-time wage (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Deny latest Stericycle request (Standard-Examiner)

Municipal voting could be mostly vote by mail this season (Standard-Examiner)

UTA officials' compensation in the ballpark of norm, says report (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Report cites favoritism for Terry McAuliffe and brother of Hillary Clinton (Politico)

Bob Menendez, facing DOJ indictment, undecided on Loretta Lynch (Politico)

High court appears split over EPA air quality rule (The Hill)

House approves GOP budget (The Hill)

Preparing for 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton embracing Obama (Associated Press)

The Jeffrey Epstein Affair Imperils Hillary Clinton's Presidential Prospects (Observer)

It's OK to leak government secrets - as long as it benefits politicians (Guardian)

'You're Playing God with the Internet!' Republican Shouts at FCC Chief (National Journal)

Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior (Reuters)

Supreme Court sends key voting rights case back to Alabama (Christian Science Monitor)

GOP to White House: Stop Clinton from ignoring conflicts of interest (McClatchy)


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