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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - April 28, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Great Poetry Reading Day," so spend a little time with T.S. Elliot or Emily Dickinson.

Riots are engulfing Baltimore. The SCOTUS hears arguments on same-sex marriage today. Most Salt Lake City residents don't want the prison relocated to their city.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 105
  • Days to the 2015 election - 189
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 266
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 273
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 274
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 428
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 561

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The National Guard has been deployed in Baltimore to help quell civil unrest following the funeral of a black man who died while in police custody [Wall Street Journal].
  2. The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a case on same-sex marriage [New York Times, ABC 4].
  3. Our latest poll finds a slight majority of Salt Lake City residents oppose relocating the state prison to a location near Salt Lake City International Airport [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah Democrats say they cannot afford to hold an online presidential primary in 2016 as they had previously hoped [Deseret News].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee has hired an opposition research firm led by a former Mitt Romney confidant [Tribune].
  6. Utah lawmakers begin studying how to better help police interact with those who have mental illness [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Bishop John Wester is leaving the Diocese of Utah to become the Archbishop of Santa Fe [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  8. A coalition of air quality groups has filed suit against the Utah Department of Environmental Quality challenging a decision to allow the HollyFrontier Refinery to expand [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Nebo School District is warning parents a student has been diagnosed with whooping cough while two others are demonstrating symptoms of the illness [Daily Herald, ABC 4].
  10. North Salt Lake officials say it will cost $2 million to fix the damage from a landslide last year [Deseret News, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the seventh state of the Union.
  • 1789 - The crew of the British ship Bounty mutinied, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in the South Pacific.
  • 1945 - Italian leader Benito Mussolini and his mistress were executed.
  • 2008 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law requiring state or federal photo identification to vote.

Today At Utah Policy

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NGA Chair Hosts 'Delivering Results' Summit
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Utah Groups Forced to Sue Over Permitting More Air Pollution
Western Resource Advocates, representing Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and Friends of the Great Salt Lake, is filing litigation appealing the Utah Division of Air Quality decision to issue an air quality permit allowing expansion of the HollyFrontier refinery in ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Descendants of settlers also hold southeastern Utah sites sacred

Definition change allows UTA to say all new rail lines doing well

Sen. Mike Lee's Romney connections - one for, one against

Catholic Bishop Wester 'sad' to leave Utah, takes immigration fight to New Mexico

Utah looks at ways to train police to interact with mentally ill

Deseret News

Sen. Mike Lee: Let people, not courts, define marriage

Derek B. Miller: Utah is a trade surplus state, despite recent fluctuations in its precious metals exports

Pew study shows dramatic declines in sage-grouse numbers

Utah Dems can't afford online presidential primary election

Utah lawmakers study police use of force, encounters with mentally ill people

North Salt Lake officials: Repairing hill will cost $2 million

Officials tackling existing, expected transportation problems in northern Utah County

Suit challenges HollyFrontier Refinery expansion

Report: Utah is 'one of the best examples' of quality digital learning


Provo's budget includes plan for City Center Temple visitors (Daily Herald)

Utah college tuition up, up, up: Average student debt $22K (Standard-Examiner)

Utah GOP's candidate purity fight remains in flux (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

A Lame Duck From Day One (Politico)

Rand Paul: Ousting Saddam was a 'mistake' (The Hill)

Obama: Trade critics being 'unrealistic' (The Hill)

Baltimore police, protesters clash; 15 officers hurt (USA Today)

Can yet another 'deep dive' probe of Hillary Clinton dent her juggernaut? (Christian Science Monitor)

Former Md. Gov. O'Malley: Saddened By Baltimore's Pain (CBS News)

How Ted Cruz came off looking inclusive in N.Y. gay rights spat (Christian Science Monitor)

Hillary's Cynical Song of Self (Wall Street Journal)

Bush weighs in on Obama's Iran, ISIS challenges (FOX News)

3 ex-Treasury secretaries say gridlock harms economy (USA Today)

Corinthian's Last Rites (Wall Street Journal)


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