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Friday, April 3, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - April 3, 2015

It's an Obama Friday!

President Obama lands in Utah. The president meets with LDS Church and Democratic Party leaders in Salt Lake City. Jason Chaffetz was once rejected by the Secret Service.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 130
  • Days to the 2015 election - 214
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 291
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 298
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 453
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 586

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama arrives in Utah for a visit [Deseret News, Daily Herald, ABC 4, KSL, Fox 13].
  2. Mr. Obama meets with LDS Church leaders on Thursday evening in Salt Lake City [Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Utah Democratic Party leaders spend a few minutes meeting with President Obama [ABC 4].
  4. Obama is expected to highlight clean energy initiatives during his address at Hill Air Force Base later today [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Prior to his arrival in Utah, Obama announces a deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear program [New York Times].
  6. Utah's Republicans in Congress say the understanding with Iran doesn't go nearly far enough [Tribune].
  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz once applied to be a member of the Secret Service, now he's responsible for government oversight of the organization [Utah Policy].
  8. The latest report from the Prison Relocation Commission ranks a potential site in Fairfield as the top possible place for relocating the prison [Daily Herald].
  9. Salt Lake City officials announce plans for a mixed-use development west of the Rio Grande Depot in downtown [Deseret News].
  10. UDOT officials sue the contractor responsible for constructing the Timpanogos Highway for more than $29 million [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1860 - The Pony Express postal service began.
  • 1944 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled barring African-Americans from voting violated the 15th Amendment.
  • 1948 - President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion to aid to help 16 European countries recover from World War II.
  • 1996 - The FBI raided a cabin in Montana and arrested Theodore Kaczynski who was later convicted of being the "Unabomber."

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Consumer case gives Utah travel a black eye

UTA's gift to Idaho: free buses

Rolly: Utah presidential visits - a history of cheers, jeers, Mormon meetings, even hair pulling

Utah's Paiute Indian Tribe chairwoman removed from office for taking gifts from controversially named NFL team

Iran deal not tough enough, say Utah's Republicans in Congress

Checking 'Ride Air Force One' off the journalism bucket list

Salt Lake City plans 'bold' renewal project near Rio Grande Depot

The Secret Service once rejected Rep. Jason Chaffetz; now he's investigating the agency

Obama meets with Mormon church leaders, Gov. Herbert during Utah trip

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Utah got it right by banning powdered alcohol, while Colorado got it wrong

Greg Bell: Perspective of gratitude tells me life is good

Editorial: Zions' 'stress tests' an example of burdensome banking regulations that may be federal overreach

Demand again expected to far outstrip supply of visas for highly skilled workers

Salt Lake City unveils plans for mixed-use urban neighborhood

Latino group holds welcome rally for President Obama

President Obama arrives in Utah, meets with LDS Church leaders


Utah's anti-discrimination bill hailed as a better way (Standard-Examiner)

President Obama arrives at Hill Air Force Base (Standard-Examiner)

Some Utah bridges bad, but far from the worst, says report (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The gray areas in the Iran deal (Politico)

Kerry's Last Grasp at Greatness (Politico)

GOP senator to Lynch: Would you investigate Hillary Clinton? (The Hill)

Top Dems voice 'great skepticism' over Iran deal (The Hill)

Indiana, Arkansas pass revised religious freedom proposals (New York Times)

Two New York City women accused of planning 'terrorist attack' (Reuters)

Why historic shift on gay marriage isn't likely for Republicans (Christian Science Monitor)

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk backs Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch (CBS News)

If Hillary doesn't run in 2016, here are 10 Democrats who could (Christian Science Monitor)

Hillary Clinton email scandal underscores State Department cybersecurity woes (Washington Times)

Ted Cruz takes 2016 campaign to the air with Easter-weekend TV buys (Washington Post)


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