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Friday, March 27, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - March 27, 2015

It's Friday!.

Dabakis could hand another term to Becker. One-third of farmworkers in Utah are undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Senate passes a GOP-backed budget.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 137
  • Days to the 2015 election - 221
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 297
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 304
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 459
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 592

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. If Jim Dabakis jumps into the SLC mayoral race, it might hand Ralph Becker a third term in office [Tribune].
  2. Military veterans are making some noise about a plan to rename part of I-15 after former Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart [Tribune].
  3. A new study says one in three farmworkers in Utah is an undocumented immigrant [Tribune].
  4. A BYU student claims he was evicted from an apartment complex because his roommates believed he was gay [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  5. Nate Salazar is challenging Derek Kitchen for the Salt Lake City Council seat being vacated by Luke Garrott who is running for Mayor [Tribune].
  6. Park City gives the go-ahead to a plan to merge PCMR and the Canyons into one ski resort, which would be the country's largest [Tribune].
  7. The first show to play Salt Lake City's new Broadway-style theater will be "The Lion King" in 2017 [Deseret News].
  8. UDOT officials want to reduce the number of crashes that take place in highway work zones [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The U.S. Senate passes a Republican-backed budget plan that includes more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years [Reuters].
  10. Officials are still trying to figure out what to do with Granite High School which closed its doors in 2009 [ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 - The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1886 - Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to U.S. federal authorities.
  • 1964 - Alaska was rocked by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake, the largest in U.S. history.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah needs working women

St. George, Heber, Vernal, Morgan among nation's growth leaders

Would a Dabakis-Biskupski rift hand Becker a third term?

Some veterans questioning naming part of I-15 after Speaker Lockhart

Study: One of every three Utah farmworkers is undocumented immigrant

Rolly: Utah legislator fires back at firing-squad foe, but move backfires

Salazar to challenge Kitchen for Salt Lake City's District 4 council seat

Park City OKs merging PCMR, Canyons into country's largest resort

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Scientific research, development are crucial to Utah's economic future

Op-ed: Immigrants improve American economy

Tea party movement still strong, Harvard professor tells U. students

Gail Miller honored as 'Giant In Our City'


Orem's economic development is back at pre-recession levels (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah must deal with firing squad image (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama's Mideast 'free fall' (Politico)

2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor (Politico)

Huge House vote pressures Senate (The Hill)

Rep. Gohmert weighing presidential bid (The Hill)

Senators march through grueling budget 'vote-a-rama' (The Hill)

Bergdahl charges stoke fresh criticism of prisoner swap (Associated Press)

Bowe Bergdahl's time as a Taliban captive likely to frame his defense (Christian Science Monitor)

Indiana religious objections bill signed as dispute swirls (Associated Press)

Scott Walker Adjusts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner (Wall Street Journal)

Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress's only option (Reuters)

Obama Touts Consumer Protections in Speech (Wall Street Journal)


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