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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - May 6, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Nurses Day."

Becker calls for raises for city employees. A new site for the prison could be named next month. Most Salt Lake City residents like bike-only lanes on city streets.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 97
  • Days to the 2015 election - 181
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 258
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 265
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 266
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 420
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 553

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveils his budget proposal for next year that calls for raises for city employees [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  2. The Prison Relocation Commission could pick a new site for the facility next month [Deseret News].
  3. An audit says Utah water managers may be using flawed data to project future water supplies [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  4. A legislative review shows the state's retirement system may have missed out in more than $1 billion in growth because managers were too busy avoiding financial risk [Tribune].
  5. A new poll shows most voters in Salt Lake City favor the creation of bike-only lanes on city streets, except for Republicans [Utah Policy].
  6. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announces he's running for President in 2016 [Fox News].
  7. Even though the speed limit on Wasatch Front freeways jumped to 70 mph, a new study shows drivers aren't going faster [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Dixie State University is revising its rules on free speech after students sued the school after they were forbidden from posting satirical photos of former President George W. Bush [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Investigators say the pilot in the fatal Germanwings crash practiced putting a plane into a rapid descent on a previous flight before intentionally crashing a plane killing 150 people on board [BBC].
  10. Contact lens companies are pushing back against a Utah law designed to protect 1-800 Contacts by prohibiting price fixing in contact lens sales [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 - Confederate forces commanded by Robert E. Lee routed Union troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
  • 1882 - Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for ten years.
  • 1935 - The Works Progress Administration was established to provide work for the unemployed.
  • 1937 - The German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames while docking in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 people.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Data-driven driving is headed our way

Audit: Investments may have missed out on $1.35B in retirement assets for Utah public employees

So 70 mph is the new speed limit - are we driving faster?

Prosecutors to extend plea deals in Jeremy Johnson case

Contact lens companies attack Utah law that could lower retail prices of contacts

Mayor says SLC is 'on a roll,' calls for raises for city workers

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Face it Salt Lake, panhandlers will always be a part of downtown

Richard Davis: As Utah's GOP looks to an Internet presidential primary in 2016, be cautious, inclusive in adopting online voting

Study: Tourism significant to rural Utah economy

70 mph speed limit doesn't lead to drivers going faster, study finds

Audit reveals flawed projections on Utah's water needs

New prison site could be recommended next month

Becker: 'Salt Lake City is well-positioned for the future'

Prosecutors to offer plea deals to Jeremy Johnson, others in fraud case


Provo mayor's budget proposal includes funds for 3 new officers (Daily Herald)

Davis cities divided over vote by mail (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's Nevada play (Politico)

The King and Queen of Haiti (Politico)

McConnell praises Obama, for a change (The Hill)

WH takes on Reid over trade (The Hill)

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas shooting but offers no proof (CNN)

Republican Mike Huckabee launches presidential bid with fiery speech (Reuters)

Rick Perry suggests Greg Abbott went too far in questioning U.S. military exercise Jade Helm 15 (Dallas Morning News)

Clinton camp on defense about her trustworthiness (CNN)

Hillary Clinton's rope-line antagonist (Politico)

Obama nominates Marine gen'l to lead Joint Chiefs (FOX News)

The nastiest race of 2015 is in Kentucky (Washington Post)


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