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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - August 20, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Legislators approve moving the prison to Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love join an anti-Planned Parenthood demonstration. Lawmakers consider rules for cops wearing body cameras.

The clock:

  • 75 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 151 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 158 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 159 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 203 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 313 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 446 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah lawmakers approve moving the state prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love appear at an anti-Planned Parenthood rally at the Capitol [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. Utah lawmakers hear about the benefits and pitfalls of legalizing medical marijuana [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. An interim committee considers how to resolve primary elections where the winner has less than 50% of the vote [TribuneDeseret News].
  5. Legislators consider statewide rules for police wearing body cameras [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Fred Cox, who was part of an unsuccessful bid to put the prison move to a popular vote, wants to make it a little easier to get referendums on the ballot [Tribune].
  7. Lawmakers consider overhauling the makeup of the state school board [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A group of Utahns file a lawsuit over government surveillance of phone calls during the 2002 Winter Olympics [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Federal authorities are investigating claims of racial discrimination in the Salt Lake School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Attorney General Sean Reyes tours the site of a massive toxic spill into the San Juan River [Deseret News, Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska.
  • 1858 - Theories by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace regarding evolution were published in a British scholarly journal.
  • 1953 - The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.
  • 1968 - About 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" - a brief period of efforts to democratize socialism in the country.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Public art is well worth the money

Term-limits group sues state over rejected petition drive

Feds investigating claims of racial discrimination in Salt Lake City schools

Colorado drug investigator to Utah: Beware of medical marijuana

Lawmakers debate giving parties power to decide split-vote primaries

Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics

Dislike a law? Proposal may make it easier for voters to overturn it

Redrawing state school-board districts considered

One of every five drivers in Utah carpool lane is a violator

Herbert, Love join in rally calling for Planned Parenthood defunding

Legislature OKs prison move to Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Editorial: Unionizing won't help solve college athletics' many problems

Lawmakers resume debate on selection of State School Board

Utah lawmakers, police closer to statewide body camera rules

Legislature passes four bills not related to prison in special session

Experts discuss health impacts of medical marijuana in Utah

GOP lawmakers say primary election plurality issue should be resolved by party

Utah Senate confirms Dr. Joseph Miner to head state health department

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes visits site of Gold King Mine spill, speaks with EPA officials

Salt Lake school district under federal investigation for claims of discrimination

Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Mia Love join Planned Parenthood protest at Capitol

Legislature approves moving prison to Salt Lake City site


Editorial: County wrong to limit voting methods (Daily Herald)

Vote by mail up in the air, officials to discuss election details (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Trump's deportation idea unpopular (Standard-Examiner)

Utah leads in defense, aerospace jobs thanks to STEM focus (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Allies fault Hillary Clinton's response on emails (Politico)

State Department: Mills and Abedin official BlackBerrys likely gone (Politico)

Iran allowed to use own investigators for controversial site (The Hill)

Clinton aide on server: 'She didn't really think it through' (The Hill)

Voters Want to Build A Wall, Deport Felon Illegal Immigrants (Rasmussen Reports)

From 'Bernie Who?' to 'Bernie Why Not?' (Daily News)

Donald Trump Gains on Hillary Clinton in 2016 Poll (TIME)

Planned Parenthood, Florida Reach Agreement Over Abortions (Associated Press)

John Kasich says if he were 'King of America' he'd ban teachers' lounges (CNN)

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina blasts TSA on Yelp (FOX News)

Fed Turns Wary Eye to China as Liftoff Looms (Wall Street Journal)


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