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Friday, April 10, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - April 10, 2015

It's Friday!

Hillary expected to make it official on Sunday. Judge to rule on a preliminary injunction in "Count My Vote" compromise. A group opposing the relocation of the Draper prison misses a deadline.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 123
  • Days to the 2015 election - 207
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 284
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 291
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 292
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 446
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 579

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her presidential bid on Sunday [New York Daly News].
  2. A federal judge will rule Friday morning on a request for a preliminary injunction against the "Count My Vote" compromise [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  3. A group pushing to keep the Utah State Prison in Draper missed a deadline for getting their referendum on the ballot [Deseret News].
  4. Sen. Jim Dabakis is out as co-host of a weekly television show because of his run for Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert is taking steps to encourage water conservation among Utahns this summer [Utah Policy].
  6. There have been eight security breaches at Salt Lake City International Airport since 2004 [KSL, ABC 4].
  7. The Utah Board of Education is set to unveil new science education standards [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. "Super Dell" Schanze rejects a plea deal and will now face trial for allegedly harassing wildlife while operating a paraglider [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The Utah Transit Authority says polling it commissioned shows the agency has a 74% approval rating among the public [Tribune].
  10. Four of Utah's national parks saw a jump in visitors during the first part of 2015 [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - Merchant Robert Gray docked at Boston Harbor, becoming the first American to circumnavigate the globe. He left Boston in 1787.
  • 1912 - The Titanic left port in Southampton, England, beginning its fateful voyage.
  • 1998 - Britain and Ireland reached an agreement aimed at ending the dispute over the future of Northern Ireland.
  • 2014 - CBS announced Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on "The Late Show" when the host stepped down in 2015.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: With a prison, where matters less than what

Veteran care in Utah slower than national average, but changes on way

Judge wants to hear clear case why Count My Vote deal is unconstitutional

Rolly: With a little Love from Mia's staff, hikers get Arches permit

Despite recent criticism, UTA receives a 74 percent approval rating

ICE, Homeland Security crackdown nets 1,200-plus gang arrests - 18 in Utah

New school science standards could soon go before Utah parents for review

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Let free market, not FCC, regulate the Internet

Newton & Seethaler: Mail-in voting protects the secure right to vote

Editorial: To save water, dry states should regulate marijuana farming

Survey: Teen tanning use drops after parental consent law put in place

Utah makes a move to streamline 'outdated' science standards

Group wants to use referendum to repeal new prison legislation

Judge will decide Friday whether to put disputed state election law on hold

Feds give Utah nearly $30 million to improve dams, increase water storage


Vivint Solar employee from Orem in spotlight after unexpected meeting with Obama (Daily Herald)

Utah to receive approximately 40 percent of USDA funds for dam rehabilitation (Daily Herald)

Several Cache Valley communities debating vote by mail, may opt for ballot box (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Rahm shows Hillary how to tame the left (Politico)

Victims of Iran hostage crisis demand compensation in nuclear deal (The Hill)

Dem senator: 'Zero chance' Iran bill would derail talks (The Hill)

Obama, Ral Castro get ready for historic meeting (The Hill)

Why Rand Paul's greatest strength is also a weakness (Christian Science Monitor)

Cruz donors usher in new era of fundraising (CNN)

Report: Big Morocco donation to Clinton foundation (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Run as Soon as This Weekend (Wall Street Journal)

Rand Paul Calls NRA Snub 'Petty' (Daily Caller)

Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor (Los Angeles Times)

Which States Will Legalize Marijuana This Year And Next? (Forbes)


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