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Friday, July 31, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - July 31, 2015
Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.
Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics. Utahns favor lethal injection to carry out executions. A Salt Lake City spokesperson is suspended after posting comments online critical of Mayor Ralph Becker's opponents.
- 11 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
- 95 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
- 171 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
- 178 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- 179 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
- 223 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 333 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 466 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- Beijing is named the host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games [Washington Post].
- Our latest poll finds Utahns favor lethal injection over the firing squad to carry out executions in the state [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers are going to miss deadlines for coming up with a plan for Medicaid expansion and for finding a new site to move the Utah State Prison. The resolution of those issues could be weeks or months away [Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City spokesperson Art Raymond is put on administrative leave for using his work computer to leave online comments criticizing Mayor Ralph Becker's opponents in this year's election [Tribune].
- The US Economy grows 2.3% between April and June fueling speculation that the Fed may enact a rate hike for the first time in years [CNN Money].
- A new survey from Envision Utah finds Utahns are willing to water their lawn less to preserve water for agricultural land [Deseret News].
- The nonprofit health insurer Arches Mutual Insurance ended its first year in business nearly $20 million in the red [Associated Press].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses the three-month extension for the highway bill [ABC 4].
- State water quality officials are taking steps to deal with toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake that killed two dogs [Tribune].
- Environmentalists are not happy with a plan to cut haze in Utah's National Parks [KUER].
On this day in history:
- 1498 - On his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad.
- 1972 - Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
- 1974 - Watergate figure John Ehrlichman was sentenced to prison for his role in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg was the Pentagon consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers," documents about the war in Vietnam.
- 1991 - The U.S. Senate overturned a 43-year-old law and voted to allow women to fly military warplanes in combat.
- 1991 - President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
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