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Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - April 2, 2015
Here's the top news headlines for your Thursday morning.
The public won't get much of a chance to see President Obama when he lands in Utah today. White House officials won't say whether Obama will meet with LDS Church leadership. Herbert vetoes five bills.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 131
- Days to the 2015 election - 215
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 292
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 299
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 454
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 587
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- President Barack Obama will visit Utah Thursday and Friday, but he's not holding any public events [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- White House officials won't say whether Mr. Obama will meet with LDS Church leaders while in Utah [Utah Policy].
- Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes five bills from the 2015 session including one renaming part of I-15 after former House Speaker Becky Lockhart [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
- Herbert also vetoes a bill making it easier for non-education officials to become public school administrators [Tribune].
- Air quality advocates are not happy that Gov. Herbert signed legislation prohibiting the Division of Air Quality from instituting a ban on wood burning [Deseret News].
- Here's how Utah's religious liberty legislation is nothing like the controversial law recently passed by Indiana legislators [Deseret News].
- About 12,000 Utahns got a shock this week after receiving a letter informing them their Medicaid benefits were being cut off, but state officials say that's not exactly true [KSL].
- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will not sign a controversial religious liberty bill unless lawmakers make changes to the measure [Washington Post].
- California Governor Jerry Brown issues that state's first-ever mandatory water use restrictions [NPR].
- New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is indicted on bribery charges [New York Times].
On this day in history:
- 1513 - Ponce De Leon landed at what is now St. Augustine, Florida in his search for the Fountain of Youth.
- 1917 - President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.
- 1982 - Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain.
- 2005 - Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84.
Today At Utah Policy
|Will Obama Meet with LDS Church Leaders When He Visits Utah?|
When President Obama arrives in Utah Thursday, it means he avoids the very small list of presidents who never made a visit to the Beehive State. Only Calvin Coolidge, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland never came to Utah while in office. ...
Salt Lake Tribune
Governor vetoes bill making it easier for non-educators to become school principals
Public schools can now apply for $3.4M in grants to help fill in-demand jobs
California prof warns Utahns of fallout from drought
Sick Mormon mother makes poignant video for legalized medical marijuana
Judge's ruling may give Shurtleff associate Jeremy Johnson his day in court
Obama to stay overnight in Utah, but public may have no chance to see him
San Juan commissioner not protected by First Amendment in ATV protest ride in protected canyon, judge says
Herbert vetoes five bills, including bill designating Becky Lockhart highway
Dan Liljenquist: Is U.S. turning its back on Israel by forging nuclear deal with Iran?
Jay Evensen: Taxpayers won't be free for a while
Editorial: Welcome, Mr. President - please see Utah as a pretty, great state, not just a flyover state
New Utah seat belt law will save lives, analyst and lawmaker say
Governor vetoes bill naming highway after former House Speaker Becky Lockhart
Former Interior official says drought will force hard choices
Obama set to arrive in Utah on Thursday
Air quality advocates call prohibition of wood-burning ban a 'slap in the face'
Utah, Indiana religious freedom laws not alike
Editorial: There are better ways to honor Lockhart (Daily Herald)
Commissioners approve emergency notification system agreement (Daily Herald)
Rep. Chaffetz visits Daily Herald (Daily Herald)
Reyes looks to roots to form the future at TEDxTalks (Daily Herald)
Governor vetoes HB385, no Lockhart Highway (Daily Herald)
Obama speech at Hill AFB not open to the public (Standard-Examiner)
Utah high court hears Ogden campaign corruption case (Standard-Examiner)
Why Obama chose the Iran talks to take one of the biggest risks of his presidency (Washington Post)
Jeb Bush is an early GOP favorite as companies cut PAC checks (Politico)
The Iran blame game begins (Politico)
Howard Dean: Obama should walk away from Iran talks (The Hill)
Cruz vows to reenergize conservatives (The Hill)
Indiana pizzeria closes after threats (The Hill)
Arkansas Senate Approves Updated Religious-Objections Bill (New York Times)
N.J. Sen. Robert Menendez Vows He'll Be Vindicated After Corruption Indictment (NBC News)
Hillary Clinton campaign HQ in Brooklyn? She won't say yet (Newsday)
No Criminal Charges For Lois Lerner Of IRS, Keeps Bonuses, Nice Retirement (Forbes)
Obama's cyber sanctions order adds punch to fight against foreign hackers (Christian Science Monitor)