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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 30, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Obama announces changes to overtime rules. Shurtleff pleads not guilty. Utah voters say they're very interested in this year's municipal elections.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 42
  • Days to the 2015 election - 126
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 203
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 210
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 212
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 365
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 498

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama says his administration will change the overtime rules, raising the threshold under which workers qualify for overtime pay [Huffington Post]. The rule change, which does not require Congressional approval, would boost wages for 5 million workers [Politico].
  2. The Race for the White House: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is set to announce his candidacy on Tuesday [MSNBC].
  3. The Supreme Court rules Arizona's non-partisan redistricting commission is Constitutional which could cause a push for similar processes in other states [New York Times].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleads not guilty to felony corruption charges [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, Daily Herald, KUER, ABC 4].
  5. Salt Lake City voters will cast their ballots in this year's municipal elections by mail. Our latest poll shows most Utahns are very interested in this year's off-year contests [Utah Policy].
  6. The firm hired by the Legislature to aid in the effort to take control of public lands in Utah from the federal government has ties to the Koch brothers [Tribune].
  7. The Supreme Court ruling upholding Oklahoma's use of a controversial drug in that state's executions could have repercussions in Utah [KUER].
  8. Some cities across Utah want a sales tax hike to pay for road maintenance [Tribune].
  9. The Supreme Court blocks a restrictive Texas abortion law that would have shut down all but a handful of abortion clinics in that state [Wall Street Journal].
  10. NBC cuts ties with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following his derogatory comments about immigrants [New York Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 - Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States - Union College of Law in Chicago.
  • 1905 - Albert Einstein introduced his theory of relativity in "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies."
  • 1921 - President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 1934 - German leader Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives." Hundreds of Nazis he feared might become political enemies were killed.
  • 1982 - The deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment expired, three states short of the 38 needed for passage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should profit by Arizona's example

Rolly: Firm hired by Legislature for Utah lands fight has ties to Koch brothers

Cities to pitch county leaders on holding tax-increase votes

Attorneys ask for case to be dismissed against immigration agent charged in Utah attack

Summer ozone blast threatening Utahns' health, thanks to sunshine and car exhaust

'Mormon Rivals' - That time a Huntsman threw coffee in a prophet's face

Former Utah A.G. Shurtleff pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Deseret News

Op-ed: Poor federal stewardship threatens energy development of our public lands

Op-ed: $1.2 billion for nutrient removal is a gigantic waste

Editorial: Don't let 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund program dry up

Support for law requiring sales tax for online purchases growing in Utah

U.S. Supreme Court overturns EPA's mercury rule for power plants

Ex-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleads not guilty to public corruption charges


Group fights proposed tax increase for transportation (Standard-Examiner)

Stakeholders zero in on Bus Rapid Transit and 25th Street option (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

'They're Trying to Be King of the Mormons' (Politico)

Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling (Politico)

Supreme Court deals blow to Obama's green agenda (Politico)

Is there a booby trap in Roberts's ObamaCare decision? (The Hill)

Court emboldens GOP on climate regs (The Hill)

NBC cuts ties with Trump (The Hill)

Divided U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process (Reuters)

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move? (NPR)

Rand Paul to government: 'Get out of the marriage business.' Is that possible? (Christian Science Monitor)

NSA wiretapped two French finance ministers: Wikileaks (Reuters)

OPM shuts down online background check system (USA Today)


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