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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 9, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah leaders hold top positions in national organizations. The public will get their chance to speak out about the prison relocation process next week. Madsen calls Utah's laws limiting the use of force by police "wishy-washy."


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 63
  • Days to the 2015 election - 147
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 224
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 231
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 232
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 386
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 519

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is due in court Tuesday on charges he paid a victim for his silence to cover up sexual abuse [Politico].
  2. Utah state leaders hold some prominent positions in national organizations [Utah Policy].
  3. The public will get a chance to speak out about the prison relocation process during a public hearing next week [Tribune].
  4. Sen. Mark Madsen says Utah's law on when police officers are justified in using deadly force is "wishy-washy" [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Five candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor emerge as the filing period comes to an end [Fox 13, Tribune].
  6. A coalition of Utah conservative groups call on state leaders to consider the economic impact of Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  7. The number of abortions in Utah has dropped dramatically since 2010 [Associated Press, Fox 13].
  8. A marked decline in the number of chronically homeless people in Utah has state officials saying their approach to the problem is working [Tribune].
  9. Ozone pollution season is ramping in Utah [KUER].
  10. The Supreme Court refuses to take up a challenge to a San Francisco law that requires guns within a private residence to be stored in a locked container or with a trigger lock [SCOTUSBlog].

On this day in history:

  • 1943 - The U.S. Congress passed an act authorizing employers to withhold income tax payments from salary checks.
  • 1954 - Army counsel Joseph Welch confronted Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Senate-Army Hearings over McCarthy's attack on a member of Welch's law firm, asking "Have you no sense of decency?"
  • 1969 - The Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
  • 1986 - The Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

Tuesday's Women's World Cup Schedule:

  • France vs. England
  • Spain vs. Costa Rica
  • Colombia vs. Mexico
  • Brazil vs. Korea Republic

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Logan Herald-Journal right to seek Maverik-USU deal details

What's next in prison relocation? Utahns have their turn to speak

As UHP moves to adopt rules on force, do other Utah departments need the same?

West Jordan voters to decide city council makeup

Utah's chronic homeless numbers drop from 1,932 to 178 in 10 years

Salt Lake City draws four mayoral hopefuls as candidate deadline expires

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: New Delta flight presents economic growth opportunities for Utah, Western Europe

John Hoffmire: How family fragmentation impacts poverty in America

Op-ed: Capitalism is a powerful tool for national economy when limited

Ralph Hancock: Christianity favors recognition of equal value of all human beings

Editorial: War over 'Count My Vote' needs to end

State launches planning effort for complicated Jordan River

Lawmaker calls Utah police use-of-force law 'wishy-washy'

National Headlines

Jeb Bush Is Clear Leader In Latest New Hampshire GOP Poll (Daily Caller)

Wisconsin straw poll surprise: A narrow Clinton win (Politico)

Labor makes last-ditch effort to stop trade bill (Politico)

McConnell wants 'local boots on the ground' not US troops fighting ISIS (The Hill)

Obama: 'We don't yet have a complete strategy' against ISIS (The Hill)

McConnell: 'We'll let you know' ObamaCare plan after SCOTUS rules (The Hill)

Dennis Hastert Hires High-Powered Lawyer Thomas Green (NBC News)

A Week From Announcing, Jeb Bush Names, and Reshuffles, His Team (New York Times)

Obama says Supreme Court should never have taken up health law case, in blunt challenge (FOX News)

Barbara Bush celebrates 90th birthday promoting literacy (AJC)

Terror Links Found to 73 Workers in Secure U.S. Airport Jobs (Bloomberg)


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