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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - September 19, 2014

Scotland rejects independence. Romney to rally for Mia Love. Valentine wants all restaurants to have a Zion Curtain.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 46
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 129
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 174
  • Days to the 2015 election - 410
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 486
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 781

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Scotland voters reject a bid for independence from the United Kingdom [NBC News].
  2. Mitt Romney is set to hold a rally supporting Mia Love next month [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Outgoing Sen. John Valentine says he regrets not requiring all Utah restaurants to have a Zion Curtain and he hopes Utah lawmakers fix that situation [Tribune].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wants prosecutors to provide a specific list of crimes he is accused of committing, arguing the charges against him are vague [Deseret News].
  5. Rural Utah authorities lobby federal lawmakers to continue funding the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program [Tribune].
  6. President Obama nominates Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish to the federal bench [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Fundraising for the two candidates for Salt Lake County Sheriff is a very tight race, with less than $4,000 separating incumbent Democrat Jim Winder and Republican Jake Petersen [Tribune].
  8. The Millard GOP names incumbent County Commissioner James Withers as their nominee after the Utah Supreme Court overturned a lower-court order to hold a new election after a disputed primary [Tribune].
  9. Prices for Utahns shopping for health insurance on the federal exchanges can expect a 5.7% hike in rates [Tribune].
  10. The Kansas supreme court orders the Democratic candidate for Senate off the ballot after he withdrew from the race, making the re-election chances for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts a much tougher road [MSNBC].

On this day in history:

  • 1881 - President James Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin more than two months earlier.
  • 1934 - Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the Linbergh baby.
  • 1957 - The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.
  • 1982 - The emoticon was born when Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott Fahlman used a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis - :-) - to depict a horizontal smiley face.
  • 2008 - The Bush administration asked Congress for $700 billion to buy troubled mortgage-related assets from U.S. financial institutions.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lyman should face the music just like DeChristopher

Utah health plans will cost 5.7 percent more next year

Study: Denser development boosts transit ridership

Mitt Romney to hold Utah rally for Mia Love

Utah officials to feds: Pay up for public lands

Salt Lake sheriff's race tight on fundraising front

Lawmaker: All Utah restaurants should have a 'Zion Curtain'

More than one in 10 Utah kids chronically missed school last year

Holladay approves Olympus Hills annexation

Same-sex marriage would hurt children, say Utah demonstrators

Time's up for state school board ballots

Deseret News

Stuart Reid: Intergenerational poverty the result of misdiagnosis

Greg Bell: Too many steering wheels in Utah's public education system

Lawmakers prep to discuss Healthy Utah potential in upcoming session

U.S. House passes bill reauthorizing emergency services for kids program

Shurtleff wants more specifics from accusers, says charges leave him guessing

Mitt Romney to campaign for Mia Love in Utah

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Chronic absence a 'huge contributor' to academic setbacks, officials say

Supporters for traditional marriage focus on children


Mitt Romney to hold public rally for Mia Love (Daily Herald)

Editorial: State school board confusion (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senate Democrats Protect Obama's Post-Election Amnesty in 50-50 Vote (National Review)

The evolution of Chuck Hagel (Politico)

Harry Reid's plot to keep the Senate (Politico)

Warren votes 'no' on Syrian motion (The Hill)

Senate approves Obama request to arm, train Syrian rebels (The Hill)

Nine Senate Dems vote 'no' on Syria (The Hill)

Kansas court rules Democrat's name must be removed from U.S. Senate ballot (Washington Post)

Christie talks Trump, running for president (Associated Press)

Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Politico)

Program aims to build trust between police, communities (Detroit Free Press)

Border Agency Is Authorized to Open Criminal Inquiries (New York Times)

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