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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 20, 2014

Plaintiffs in same-sex marriage case oppose Utah's request for more time. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah exceeded his jobs goal. FBI Director James Comey visits Utah.


  • 76 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 159 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 440 days until the 2015 elections
  • 516 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 811 days to the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • The plaintiffs and ACLU oppose Utah's request for more time to appeal a court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah exceeded his goal of creating 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A proposed $300 million dollar deal to operate the embattled UTOPIA network may not appear on November's ballot [TribuneStandard-Examiner].
  • FBI Director James Comey visits Utah and discusses the arrests of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Mary Bishop, a Democratic candidate for county recorder, wants an explanation as to why the office is facing a $1.75 million shortfall. County officials say there's nothing sinister with the deficit [Deseret News].
  • The state school board will meet Thursday to consider appointing an interim superintendent [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee talks Common Core at a town hall meeting in Logan [Herald Journal].
  • A number of Utah cities are getting rid of gun restrictions at the behest of the Second Amendment Foundation [Tribune].
  • Utah schools pull in a record $39 million from trust lands in the past year [Tribune].
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry is booked on charges of abuse of power [The Wire].

On this day in history:

  • 1953 - The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which established the Head Start program.
  • 1968 - The Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring."
  • 1977 - The United States launched the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah School Board works for the public

State topped Herbert's goal with 112,000 new jobs

UTA fails to report $14.26M in retirement benefits

Federal oil and leases in Utah go unsold

Future Utah transportation revolution: biking, walking?

Utah schools to get record $39.2 million in trust money

School board to reconsider interim superintendent appointment

UTOPIA may not appear on Utah cities' ballots

County Council lines up behind unified 911 system

FBI head says agents followed the facts in Swallow-Shurtleff probe

Paul Rolly: Are you married? In Utah, it's a multiple-choice question

Deseret News

Op-ed: Holistic approach to wild horses needed for survival

Richard Davis: Legislators: Model the Constitution and trust the voters

Editorial: Avoid blurring the line between police and military

Utah exceeds Gov. Herbert's jobs goal

County recorder denies missing income accusations

Poll: Majority of Utahns in favor of nondiscrimination laws

FBI director touches on Ferguson shooting, ex-attorneys general, terrorism in Salt Lake visit


Editorial: Mayor now understands he's always in public eye (Daily Herald)

Two power companies woo city's elected officials (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah, get Medicaid expansion! (Standard-Examiner)

Clerks say no to $300M UTOPIA ballot question (Standard-Examiner)

Lee addresses topics from immigration to Common Core at town hall meeting (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party (New York Times)

The Kochs' plan to beat Harry Reid (Politico)

Democratic poll: Kay Hagan lead narrows (Politico)

Obama shuns emotional rescue on race (Politico)

Dean: I'm a 'huge Hillary Clinton fan' (The Hill)

Iraq clock ticks for Obama (The Hill)

US hits back at foreign critics of Ferguson (The Hill)

Paul Ryan opens a new front in the war against poverty (The Hill)

Support grows for Darren Wilson, officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown (CNN)

Holder takes on Ferguson: AG 'flooding the zone' with investigators, heads to Missouri (FOX News)

Three Republicans Vying to Take on Begich in Critical Senate Race (NBC News)

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