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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - September 26, 2014

Holder steps down. Stewart and Robles debate. Mia Love refuses a debate with Doug Owens.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 39
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 122
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 167
  • Days to the 2015 election - 403
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 479
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 774

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Attorney General Eric Holder steps down [New York Times].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz weigh in on Holder's resignation [Tribune].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart and State Sen. Luz Robles debate in Southern Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Republican Mia Love refuses to share a stage with Democrat Doug Owens at a Salt Lake Chamber event [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert orders a criminal probe into Stericycle [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Utah announces the state will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down part of the state's ban on polygamy [Deseret News].
  7. West Valley City may restrict new housing developments in that city [Tribune].
  8. Federal prosecutors seek to dismiss charges against four men accused of beating another man who was assisting in the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  9. Riverton officials mull restricting title-loan businesses in that city [Tribune].
  10. A new poll shows Utahns are the only western residents that want to take over control of federal lands within their state [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of state and John Jay the first chief justice.
  • 1914 - The Federal Trade Commission was established.
  • 1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates took place in Chicago as Republican Richard M. Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy squared off.
  • 1969 - The album "Abbey Road" by the Beatles was released.
  • 1986 - William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as an associate justice.

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Governor Sets Goal to Increase $16.1 Billion Export Total by Another $1.4 Billion
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The water that lies in Snake Valley should stay in Snake Valley

Federal prosecutor seeks to dismiss witness tampering charges

After Love balks on debate with Owens, candidates air views separately

Paul Rolly: 'Zion Curtain' protects Utahns, but not airport travelers

Riverton takes step to expand loan-business restrictions

Poll: Utahns only westerners who still want federal land transfer

2nd District debate friendly, but candidates show differences

Gov. Herbert opens criminal probe into Stericycle

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Energy development can heal economic woes

Op-ed: Don't make women optional in marriage

Editorial: On Holder's heels - What we hope from a new attorney general

Join the discussion: How libertarian is Utah?

Mia Love declines to make joint appearance with Owens at Salt Lake Chamber

Stewart, Robles have a lot in common in first congressional debate

Governor orders criminal probe, workplace safety investigation of Stericycle


Op-ed: The great peril of standardized education (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Pay-For-Stay needs reform (Standard-Examiner)

E-cigarette regulation advances in Weber-Morgan (Standard-Examiner)

Utah tourism pros convene in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama's new muse: George W. Bush (Politico)

Democrats pin hopes on a new Graham in Florida (Politico)

Iraqi PM: Plot to attack U.S. (Politico)

Pentagon puts ISIS costs at $7M to $10M per day (The Hill)

Boehner: Lame-duck session wrong time to debate war authorization (The Hill)

WH can't confirm ISIS plot to attack subways (The Hill)

U.S. Attorney General Holder to step down after contentious term (Reuters)

Sarah Palin urges conservatives to rally around Pat Roberts (Los Angeles Times)

FBI knows the identity of ISIS 'Jihadi John' executioner who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff (New York Daily News)

Navajo to Get $554 Million in Settlement With US (Associated Press)

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