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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - July 1, 2015
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Utah may miss the July 31 deadline to come up with a plan for Medicaid expansion. LDS Church reaffirms it's commitment to heterosexual marriages. The FBI is hindering Utah's plan to conduct stronger background checks on undocumented immigrants who want a driving privilege card.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 41
- Days to the 2015 election - 125
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 202
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 209
- Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 211
- Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 364
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 497
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the group working to find a compromise on Medicaid expansion might miss their self-imposed July 31 deadline [Utah Policy].
- The LDS Church sends a letter to members reaffirming the church's doctrinal commitment to traditional marriages [Tribune].
- The FBI is blocking a new Utah law requiring more stringent background checks on undocumented immigrants who want a driving privilege card [Tribune].
- The Utah GOP is making a big push to raise money ahead of next year's elections [Utah Policy].
- Nearly 100 cities want voters to consider a sales tax hike on this year's ballot to pay for transportation [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Jonathan Johnson is acting like he's running for governor in 2016 even though he hasn't officially declared his candidacy yet [Utah Policy].
- A Delta man who claimed he was the victim of anti-gay hate crimes admits to police he staged the attack himself [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
- President Barack Obama will announce an agreement with Cuba to open embassies in Washington and Havana in another move to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries [The Hill].
- Rep. Kraig Powell says Utah's adoption laws will have to change in the face of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage [Tribune].
- California passes one of the toughest childhood vaccination bills in the entire nation, requiring immunizations for nearly every schoolchild in the state [NPR].
On this day in history:
- 1847 - The first U.S. postage stamps were issued.
- 1863 - The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began.
- 1898 - Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders led a charge up Cuba's heavily fortified San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
- 1941 - NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, a spot for Bulova watches shown during a Dodgers-Phillies baseball game. It cost Bulova $9.
- 1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
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Utah cities want higher tax for transportation, ask counties to put it on the ballot
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FBI blocks new Utah background checks on undocumented-immigrant drivers
West Jordan city attorney submits resignation
U. geologist's claims of water raise doubts about tar sands mine expansion
Council finds enough common ground to move forward with 'preservation' plan for Salt Lake County townships, unincorporated areas
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Top Mormon leaders sending letter to members, reaffirming God's law against same-sex marriage
Summer ozone blast threatening Utahns' health, thanks to sunshine and car exhaust
Jay Evensen: Allowing states to collect sales taxes from online purchases is a tough sell
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Utahns continue to have confidence in economy, despite higher gas prices
Oil sands mining plan in Utah draws strong reaction
Working group to address possible American Fork Canyon land swap
First Presidency sends letter with counsel for members after Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision
Delta man staged hate crimes in a 'cry for help,' attorney says
Hard to breathe? Utah sees heavy ozone buildup (Standard-Examiner)
Coalville ballot is full (Park Record)
Local lawmakers say it's time to deal with Medicaid expansion (Park Record)
Chris Christie: I mean what I say, and I'm running for president (Politico)
States move to counter gay marriage ruling (The Hill)
Obama rolls out overtime rules, triggering fight with business (The Hill)
Senate Republicans slam the door on scrapping the filibuster (The Hill)
Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country (TIME)
Chris Christie's Town Hall Bluntness to Be Tested (New York Times)
Jeb Bush is worth up to $22 million (CNN)
Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go (Religion News Service)
With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data (Washington Post)
Florida's 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Law Put on Hold (Bloomberg)
Class-action lawsuit seeks cash for millions of federal workers harmed by hackers (AL.com)