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Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - May 7, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the "National Day of Prayer," first designated by the White House in 1952.

Utah's summer water situation is not looking good. Utah Democrats can't afford to run an online presidential primary. Salt Lake City residents give the Utah Transit Authority mostly good marks.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 96
  • Days to the 2015 election - 180
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 257
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 264
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 265
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 419
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 552

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah's summer water situation is looking bleak [Deseret News].
  2. Proposed new middle-school science education standards are fueling controversy at the Utah Office of Education [Tribune].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker wants to hike the minimum wage for city employees to $10.10 an hour [ABC 4, KUTV].
  4. Salt Lake City residents mostly like the job the Utah Transit Authority is doing [Utah Policy].
  5. Rick Santorum is expected to announce his candidacy for president at the end of this month [U.S. News and World Report].
  6. The Utah Democratic Party says they cannot afford to run an online presidential primary in 2016 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Rep. Fred Cox is leading the charge to keep the Utah State Prison in Draper [Deseret News].
  8. Republicans on the Salt Lake County Council reject a proposed financial incentive for employees to ride their bikes to work [Tribune].
  9. A Utah State University professor is defending his decision to sign on to a friend of the court brief opposing same-sex marriage [Associated Press].
  10. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes legislation to break up the biggest banks in the U.S. [Bloomberg].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The first U.S. presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was conducted in New York City.
  • 1915 - A German U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, killing nearly 1,200 people.
  • 1945 - U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
  • 1992 - A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.

Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake City Residents Give UTA Mostly Good Marks
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Featured Items

Business Leaders to Discuss Utah's Water Future, Conservation, Collective Impact and Local Companies Wisely Using Water
Across the west, business leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risk that record droughts present to the economy and our quality of life. How we will provide sufficient water in one of the country’s driest states, even as our population and...

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Utah Governor to Host Colorado Governor, Industry Leaders at Energy Summit
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Utah and Japan Grow Business Partnerships
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Lee Hires New Energy and Natural Resources Legislative Assistant
Today, Senator Lee announced that he has hired Chris Prandoni to serve as his new Energy and Natural Resources Legislative Assistant. ...

Watchdog: IRS Failed to Take Action Against Employees with Serious Tax Violations
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What's the 'Healthiest' County in Utah?
Utah is consistently ranked amongst the "healthiest" states in the union because of the numerous outdoor activities the state affords residents and low number of smokers. But which county is the healthiest in Utah? ...

TIGTA: IRS Allowed Billions in Potentially Erroneous Education Tax Credits
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today highlighted a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) which found that an estimated $5.6 billion in potentially erroneous education credits were received by more than an estima...

HHS Announces $2,305,900 in Affordable Care Act Funding to 4 New Community Health Centers in Utah
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today approximately $2,305,900 in Affordable Care Act funding to 4 new health center sites in Utah for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the communities that need them most. &nbs...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah lacks good numbers on water needs

Utah Democrats can't afford their own online presidential primary

Environmental groups, Ute Tribe worried about radon emissions from uranium mill ask state to intervene

Will depleted uranium be a time bomb for future Utahns?

Republicans on Salt Lake council reject bike-to-work incentive

Religion, nationalization fuel debate over new science standards for Utah schools

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Whether we face satire or intimidation, we still must defend freedom of speech

Jay Evensen: Utah's water conundrum: The less it costs, the more we pay

S.L. City Council weighs in on mayor's housing, earthquake preparedness budget proposals

Lawmaker pushing for prison to stay in Draper

Can Utah learn a lesson from Los Angeles on how to save water?


USU professor defends signing anti-gay marriage amicus brief (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama aides: Warren 'baseless' on trade (Politico)

Hillary Clinton to Hill: I'm no Obama (Politico)

Hillary is the favorite among millionaire voters: Survey (CNBC)

Yellen cites 'potential dangers' in U.S. stock valuations (Reuters)

Walker hits bump in '16 race (The Hill)

GOP senator: ISIS is winning (The Hill)

Army already enlisting 'Dreamers' as Congress debates immigration (The Hill)

NYPD looking at threat posted against activist Pamela Geller (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far (Reuters)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev relative: 'Better to be a dog than the younger son' (CNN)

State Dept. official: Hillary Clinton's private email 'unacceptable' (CNN)


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