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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 14, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A deal is reached to limit Iran's nuclear ability. Vote by mail ballots start arriving in mailboxes. Transit ridership is falling in Utah.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 28
  • Days to the 2015 election - 112
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 189
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 196
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 197
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 351
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 484

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Negotiators have reached a historic deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear ability in return for the lifting of economic and oil sanctions [New York Times].
  2. Iowa Rep. Steve King says Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants are "catching fire," and predicts if the caucuses were held today, Trump would likely win [National Journal].
  3. President Obama commutes the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders [Washington Post].
  4. The first mail-in ballots for this year's primary elections are hitting mailboxes this week [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Transit ridership is falling despite efforts by the Utah Transit Authority to boost the number of riders [Tribune].
  6. A number of organizations agree to a framework for the Mountain Accord which includes land swaps with four ski resorts in order to protect other lands in the Wasatch range [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Daily Herald].
  7. The 2016 election is more than a year away, but Gov. Gary Herbert's re-election effort is already gearing up [Deseret News].
  8. Tooele County officials say they will stop taking proposals from groups wanting to lease Miller Motorsports Park on Thursday afternoon [Fox 13].
  9. Tickets to see the Dalai Lama speak at the University of Utah sold out in a matter of minutes after they went on sale Monday morning [Deseret News].
  10. The biggest water users in Salt Lake City include the University of Utah and golf courses [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, beginning the French Revolution. The event is commemorated as "Bastille Day" in France.
  • 1798 - Congress passed the Sedition Act, making a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
  • 1921 - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of killing a shoe company paymaster and his guard. They were executed in 1927.
  • 1933 - All political parties except the Nazis were officially suppressed in Germany.
  • 2003 - Journalist Robert Novak identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in his newspaper column, citing two Bush administration officials.
  • 2004 - The U.S. Senate voted 50-48 against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: JOBS Act gives Utah startups new access to crowdfunding

Editorial: Not enough confidence to allow Alton mine to expand

As UTA aims to increase ridership, it drops instead

Paul Rolly: Rotary Club is out to eradicate polio throughout the world

Jeremy Johnson case hits another snag: his attorney, Yengich, is leaving the case

Vote-by-mail ballots on the way for most city primaries in Salt Lake County

Utah ski resorts will get, give land under newly approved Mountain Accord

Deseret News

Op-ed: Federal immigration laws distort Utah law, and we pay the price

Op-ed: Depleted uranium should not be Utah's problem to solve alone

Editorial: Utah looking at possible expansions if sales tax revenues increase

Bishop's bill: An RX for overgrown forests?

First surge of vote-by-mail ballots hit Utahns' mailboxes

Gov. Herbert's re-election campaign off to an early start

Mountain Accord officially signed; let the real debate begin


Mountain Accord executive board to decide Wasatch blueprint (Daily Herald)

Report: Provo outpaces the nation in economic growth (Daily Herald)

Mountain Accord members endorse draft with Utah County exclusions (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Bernie Sanders' Senate colleagues stunned by his ascent (Politico)

Clinton speech react: 'Is that it?' (Politico)

Trump on Cartel prison break: 'I was right' (The Hill)

White House: Interim Iran deal may be extended again (The Hill)

'Everyman' Walker runs for the White House (Financial Times)

Donald Trump Asks FBI to Investigate El Chapo Related Threat (ABC News)

Can Walker's Recipe for Success in Wisconsin Go National? (NBC News)

Jeb Bush: Not slowing down on raking in the cash (CNN)

'Masters Exemption': Rick Santorum Wants To Be Grandfathered Into Debates (Daily Caller)

Pensions fight gets new ammo (Sacramento Bee)

Wall Street rallies on Greek deal; tech stocks jump (Reuters)


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