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Thursday, August 20, 2015
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.
- 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:
- Utah lawmakers approve moving the state prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
- Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love appear at an anti-Planned Parenthood rally at the Capitol [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
- Utah lawmakers hear about the benefits and pitfalls of legalizing medical marijuana [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
- An interim committee considers how to resolve primary elections where the winner has less than 50% of the vote [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Legislators consider statewide rules for police wearing body cameras [Deseret News, Tribune].
- 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].
- Lawmakers consider overhauling the makeup of the state school board [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A group of Utahns file a lawsuit over government surveillance of phone calls during the 2002 Winter Olympics [Tribune, Fox 13].
- Federal authorities are investigating claims of racial discrimination in the Salt Lake School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
- 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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