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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - August 27, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The LDS Church says they will continue backing the Boy Scouts. A challenge to Utah's ban on polygamy is using the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. A fifth of Utahns supports flying the Confederate flag above government buildings.

The clock:

  • 68 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 144 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 151 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 152 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 196 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 306 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 439 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A news crew was shot to death on live television by a former colleague in Virginia. The gunman later took his life [The Guardian].
  2. The LDS Church announces they will continue their support of the Boy Scouts...for now [Deseret News, ABC 4, KUER].
  3. A new survey finds one-fifth of Utahns support flying the Confederate battle flag over government buildings, with higher support among Utah conservatives [Utah Policy].
  4. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visits Utah to discuss international politics and business [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  5. A number of investigations are underway into potential election law violations in the Salt Lake City mayoral contest [Fox 13].
  6. The Utah Transit Authority says if a proposed sales tax hike passes in November, they will be able to expand bus service [Tribune].
  7. The "Sister Wives" family is using the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage to challenge Utah's ban on polygamist unions [Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Utah's ACT scores have dropped from first overall to fifth in the nation this year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A new report says congestion in Salt Lake City is bad, but not as bad as other urban areas [Tribune].
  10. Vice President Joe Biden says he's not sure his family has the "emotional fuel" for him to mount a bid for the White House following the death of his son Beau [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1859 - The first successful oil well in the United States was drilled near Titusville, Pa.
  • 1883 - The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred on Krakatoa, a small uninhabited island west of Sumatra in Indonesia.
  • 1928 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war as a means to settle international disputes.
  • 2007 - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
  • 2008 - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was formally chosen as the Democratic presidential nominee at the party's national convention in Denver.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: One-Fifth of Utahns Okay with Flying the Confederate Battle Flag Over Government Buildings

Maybe we could call them old fashioned – a polite way of putting it....

Utah Legislators: Colorado Mine Disaster May Not Have Been an Accident

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Weekly Survey: Defunding Planned Parenthood

Do you agree with Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to order the state to stop acting as a pass-through for federal funds to Planned Parenthood? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Sen. Flake Discusses Iran Deal, Relations with Cuba at Utah Global Forum

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is opposed to the deal negotiated with Iran by President Obama, but not for the reasons you might think....

Arizona Jeff Flake Speaks to Reporters at the 2015 Utah Global Forum (Video)

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake speaks to the press at the Utah Global Forum on August 26, 2015. ...

Policy News

Utah Business Community Celebrates Direct Connection with London
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber issued the following statement regarding Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic’s announcement of direct flights from Salt Lake International airport and London’s Heathrow airport.“The business community...

Luncheon with the Belgian Delegation
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development is delighted to welcome the Belgian Delegation, who will be joining us for a luncheon at the World Trade Center Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 f...

City Now Accepting Applications for Federal Grant Programs
Applications are currently being accepted for the following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We need Salt Lake City's help to transform prison

Editorial: Choosing lobbyists over American Legion is messed up

BYU poll says Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in Utah

Salt Lake congestion bad, but better than most large urban areas

UTA says tax hike would help it increase bus service

'Sister Wives' family points to same-sex marriage cases in arguing against Utah polygamy ban

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Charter schools provide options, competition in education system

Jay Evensen: Birthright citizenship - will we learn from history?

Editorial: Trump's all-inclusive 'they've got to go' immigration policy is both unworkable and unthinkable

Business leaders told opportunity exists even in turbulent international economy

West Jordan councilman aims to realign local government amid controversy

Weber State professor's curiosity wins battle for campaign finance records in Utah's high court

ACT scores, 2015: A breakdown of each state, subject

Poll: Utahns would take Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton despite disliking him more


Who is really running for the general election in Cedar Hills? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Begin diesel testing Weber-Morgan (Standard-Examiner)

Providence sees big turnout in primary (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Behind the Biden hype (Politico)

Clinton on Biden: I just want him to reach the right decision for him (Politico)

Manifesto purportedly sent by Virginia gunman cites 'race war' (The Hill)

Biden donors lying in wait (The Hill)

MSNBC demotes Al Sharpton to Sunday mornings (Washington Examiner)

What Does Joe Biden Know? (Atlantic)

Biden-Warren 2016 makes sense (Bloomberg)

Joe Biden Isn't Sure Family Is Ready for Run (New York Times)

Judge Upholds Tennessee Lethal Injection Method (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina: Debate rules eroding 'trust' in media (CNN)

Nebraska: Vote Sought on Death Penalty (New York Times)


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