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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - September 3, 2014

ISIL kills another journalist in Iraq. A poll shows Utahns are split over police actions. Fundraising in the Attorney General's race is not what it was before the John Swallow scandal.


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Wednesday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A new video shows ISIL beheading a second journalist in Iraq [Politico].
  2. A poll shows Utahns are split over police tactics and behavior [Utah Policy].
  3. Fundraising in the Attorney General's race is not as wide-open as it once was following the John Swallow scandal [Tribune].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert is pushing for the feds to approve a requirement that Medicaid recipients look for work as part of his "Healthy Utah" plan [Deseret News].
  5. The Utah State Fairpark may soon be the home of a privately funded minor-league soccer stadium [Tribune].
  6. A judge may rule on Friday on the dispute between Talisker and Park City Mountain Resort [Tribune].
  7. The LDS Democrats group launches a billboard campaign aimed at getting the faithful to consider Utah's minority party [ABC 4].
  8. Utah State University sets a record for research-related funding [Tribune].
  9. Home Depot is looking into a possible customer data breach [Fox Business].
  10. The celebrity hacking scandal could be a "tipping point" for online privacy [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1189 - England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.
  • 1783 - The Treaty of Paris officially ended America's Revolutionary War.
  • 1939 - Britain and France declared war on Germany.
  • 1976 - The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Have Few Concerns About Police Behavior
Utah is made up, mostly, of conservative white people....

Ad Blitz is On in Utah's 4th District Race
Republican Mia Love launched an extensive billboard campaign over the weekend in Utah's 4th Congressional District. Not to be outdone, her Democratic opponent Doug Owens also has billboards up as the first wave in what is expected to be a massive media blitz by both cand...

Weekly Survey: Will Herbert Win Approval for 'Healthy Utah'?
Gov. Gary Herbert says he's hammering out remaining issues in order to get the federal government to approve his "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion. How likely is it that he gets his plan approved by the feds and Utah lawmakers prior to the 2015 L...

Will the Minimum Wage Be a Central Issue in the 2014 Midterms?
Ralph Nader says there's only one winning issue for Democrats this November - minimum wage....

Lee: Abolish Common Core
In a fundraising email for the tea party group FreedomWorks, Sen. Mike Lee warns that Common Corecould become"the ObamaCare of education."...

The Political Side of Comic Con will be at Salt Lake Comic Con, and we've got tickets to give away....

Chances of 'Megadrought' Rising
"Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting," may become more of a truism according to a new study....

Poll: Utahns Think Cops Should be Required to Wear Body Cameras
More than 8 out of 10 Utahns think police officers should be required to wear body cameras or other recording devices, but they're split over whether cops are too quick to use deadly or excessive force....

Featured Items

California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers
The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm's way....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah PSC was right to deny solar power surcharge

80% of Utahns think police should wear body cameras, poll says

Former special ed student now leads Utah school district

Park City bond ruling pushed to Friday

Fundraising in AG's race tempered post-Swallow

Paul Rolly: Utah fan? Utah man? Crowd was left to improvise

Deseret News

Op-ed: Energy development fuels Uintah Basin economy

Richard Davis: Feeling squeezed? It's not just the recession

Fighting in Iraq hits close to home for Kurdish man living in Utah

Designated wilderness: 'Creating a legacy' for Utahns

Gov. Herbert pushing for Medicaid work requirement tossed from Pennsylvania plan

Park City Mountain Resort hearing postponed

Utahns favor body cameras on police officers, poll shows

The worst states for gender equality


Ogden School District recognized for turnaround (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Islamic state issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage (Reuters)

Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court (Reuters)

Tea party's take on Eric Cantor: We told you so (CNN)

Problems abound with health law immigration papers (Associated Press)

Former Va. Governor's Corruption Case Goes to Jury (ABC News)

Politico Founder to Be Washington Post Publisher (Associated Press)

Trial for indicted Rep. Michael Grimm set for after the November election (New York Daily News)

Mary Landrieu's residency will not be pursued by Baton Rouge District Attorney (Times-Picayune)

Latino Kids Not Catching Up Under Common Core Standards, Early Testing Suggests (FOX News)

Jenny Sanford Wants Psych Exam for US Rep. Sanford (Associated Press)

Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline (USA Today)

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