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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 25, 2014

H. David Burton named new chair of the UTA. Judge Shelby refuses to discuss his same-sex marriage ruling. Third-party candidates to file complaint over debate exclusion.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 40
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 123
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 168
  • Days to the 2015 election - 404
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 480
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 775

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former LDS Church Presiding Bishop H. David Burton is elected the new chair of the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg talks about why she is not planning on retiring anytime soon [Politico].
  3. Federal judge Robert Shelby refuses to discuss his ruling overturning Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  4. Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens talks about his bid for Congress [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah third-party candidates plan to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over their exclusion from Utah Debate Commission events [Tribune].
  6. Utah's tourism industry generated more than $1 billion in taxes in 2013 [Deseret News].
  7. Some Utah parents are worried the new AP History test is teaching a revisionist version of U.S. history [Tribune].
  8. Vail resorts plans to build lifts to connect Canyons Resort and the newly aquired Park City Mountain Resort next year [Tribune].
  9. The BLM's plan to open up some areas for drilling on lands important to the Hopi Indian Tribe [Tribune].
  10. Summit County leaders consider an expansion to the High Uintas Wilderness Area [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus set sail on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1789 - The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of them became the Bill of Rights.
  • 1890 - Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
  • 1957 - Nine black children who had been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Featured Items

Peggy Larsen named 2014 ATHENA
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The award will officially be presented Nov. 18, 2014 at the 38t...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Hurry, but don't rush to digital education

Vail plans to connect Canyons to Park City ski resort next summer

Some Utahns worry new AP History test is revisionist

BLM draws controversy for proposed drilling sites in southeast Utah

Utah third parties to file FEC complaints over debate exclusions

Wild lands advocates seek expansion of High Uintas Wilderness Area

Salt Lake and San Diego comic cons might settle lawsuit

Utah's police regulators dole out punishments for misconduct

Ex-LDS presiding bishop elected UTA chairman

Deseret News

Richard Davis: We're not as culturally liberal as touted

Op-ed: Clearing the haze on what should be Utah's pristine vistas

Jay Evensen: War on poverty hasn't worked, why not encourage these ideas?

Editorial: Pew survey revisits how we look at religion's influence in politics, life

Jay Evensen: Millennials aren't growing up, and they could teach us a thing or two

County leaders, lawmakers craft federal land management strategies

Wilderness proposal unveiled for Summit County, High Uintas

H. David Burton elected new UTA board chairman

Utah's tourism tax revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2013


Editorial: Utah Valley continues to show signs of progress (Daily Herald)

Provo residents give opinions for mayor's to-do list (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Job market for college graduates not what it used to be (Standard-Examiner)

McAleer takes on Bishop in televised debate (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Why I can't resign now (Politico)

President Obama plays the campaign calendar blues (Politico)

Obama's approval rating falls in deep-blue states (The Hill)

Expanded Syria strikes divide Democrats (The Hill)

Conservative lawmakers secretly plot to oust John Boehner (The Hill)

Florida poll shows Scott and Crist neck and neck in nasty campaign (Reuters)

For ISIS Leader, a Brutal and Unforgiving Brand of Islam (New York Times)

Creative Tension: Hillary and the Progressive Movement (Huffington Post)

New York, New Jersey to ramp up security (Associated Press)

California may get a shot at legal marijuana for recreational use (Associated Press)

Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care (Associated Press)

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