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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - September 17, 2014
Utah ends fiscal year with a budget surplus. Ginsburg talks same-sex marriage. Utahns agree with the work requirement in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan.
- Days to the 2014 midterm election - 48
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 131
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 176
- Days to the 2015 election - 412
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 488
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 783
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The state ends the fiscal year with a $166 million budget surplus [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will likely impact how and when the high court deals with the issue [Politico].
- Utahns think low-income individuals should get help from the government to afford health insurance, but they should be either working or looking for work to receive that assistance [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Mike Lee is named the new chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators in Washington [Tribune].
- Sen. John Valentine is one step away from being confirmed as the new chair of the Utah Tax Commission [Daily Herald].
- The Utah Transit Authority is cutting the top bonuses paid to executives from $30,000 to $7,500 [Tribune].
- Congress passes a bill sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson to reauthorize a program to aid emergency responders [Tribune].
- Box Elder County officials are reacting to news they could be the new home of the Utah State Prison [Standard-Examiner].
- A third rejected candidate for State School Board wants a judge to put him back on the ballot [Tribune].
- Salt Lake City is rebranding itself as "Ski City USA" [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1787 - The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
- 1862 - Union forces beat back a Confederate invasion of Maryland at the battle of Antietam. Nearly 23,000 people were killed, wounded or captured, making it the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
- 1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II.
- 1972 - The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS
- 2011 - The Occupy Wall Street demonstration began in New York.
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