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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - July 17, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor square off in another debate. Trump tops another poll. The Prison Relocation Commission pushes back their deadline for choosing a new site.


  •  25 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 109 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 186 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 193 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 194 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 238 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 348 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 481 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The five candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor clash during their latest debate [Tribune, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  2. The gunman who opened fired on two military centers in Chattanooga on Thursday was not under investigation for terrorism [NBC News].
  3. The U.S. Senate approves a re-write for the "No Child Left Behind" law [New York Times].
  4. Another poll puts Donald Trump at the top of the GOP presidential heap [Fox News].
  5. The Prison Relocation Commission releases a new study on potential sites; may drop sites from the final list [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, Daily Herald, KUER, KSL, ABC 4].
  6. A member of the "Gang of Six" trying to find a plan for Medicaid expansion will come up with a plan that's better than Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Utah is still going to wade into the Phil Lyman case, challenging whether the road in Recapture Canyon was legally closed by the BLM [Utah Policy].
  8. The Utah Pride Center taps Marian Edmonds-Allen as their new executive director [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The Wingpointe Golf Course is set to close on November 1 [Deseret News].
  10. A federal agency rules that workplace discrimination against people for being gay, lesbian or bisexual is gender discrimination [Washington Blade].

On this day in history:

  • 1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 1936 - The Spanish Civil War began with an army revolt led by Gen. Francisco Franco.
  • 1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.
  • 1975 - Three U.S. and two Soviet astronauts linked their orbiting Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft for a historic handshake 140 miles above Earth.
  • 1981 - A pair of walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a dance, killing 114 people.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Reining in the rednecks at Red Butte

Does economic potential push Salt Lake City site to front of prison list?

Lawmaker says Medicaid expansion plan will be better than Healthy Utah

Mayoral hopefuls duke it out at debate

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: America, drugs and 'the power of the dog'

Greg Bell: Religion, morality play key roles in policymaking

Op-ed: Southern Utah's canyon country should be next on protected national monuments

Editorial: Planned Parenthood executive's callous talk of abortion organ harvesting is dehumanizing

New prison relocation study points to Eagle Mountain site

Details not available as state leaders continue to hash out Medicaid expansion plan

Utah schools to receive biggest payout in endowment's history


Prison site decision deadline moved, two possible sites may be cut (Daily Herald)

Lawmakers debate effectiveness of preschool, kindergarten (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators review law enforcement training programs (Standard-Examiner)

Hill workers impacted by both OPM security breaches (Standard-Examiner)

HAFB doesn't disclose security details (Standard-Examiner)

Tour of Utah an economic boon for Davis and Weber (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Congress balks at Obama's UN move on Iran deal (Politico)

Gunman kills four Marines in an 'act of domestic terrorism' (The Hill)

In closing probe, Wisconsin court gives big victory to 2016 hopeful Walker (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush, in San Francisco visit, says Trump is preying on immigration fears (Los Angeles Times)

Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire, declines to commit to liberal wish list (Los Angeles Times)

Socialist Sanders on Low End of Earners Among Candidates (Associated Press)

U.S. Senate votes No Child Left Behind remake that frees states from Common Core (Times-Picayune)

Nation Arizona defends denying driver's licenses to 'Dreamers,' faces skeptical judge (Los Angeles Times)

GOP Is Quiet About Fed Rate Increases, but Democrats Voice Concerns (New York Times)

Obama administration aims to protect streams from coal mining (Reuters)

Doubt raised on Puerto Rico bond payment (Financial Times)


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