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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 4, 2014

Utahns support police having military-style weapons. 25 possible sites for relocating Utah's prison. Jon Huntsman says same-sex marriage is "inevitable."


  • 61 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 144 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 425 days until the 2015 elections
  • 501 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 796 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A poll shows Utahns support police departments having access to military-style weapons and equipment [Utah Policy].
  2. The group tasked with finding a new site for Utah's prison comes up with a list of 25 possible locations [Tribune].
  3. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman says it's "inevitable" that same-sex marriage will be legalized [Deseret News].
  4. A federal judge upholds Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage [MSNBC].
  5. Six Wal Mart workers who lost their jobs after confronting shoplifters take their case to the Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Republican candidates in Utah County hold a massive cash advantage over their Democratic opponents [Daily Herald].
  7. Draper City officials nix a ballot referendum just minutes before the deadline to place it on the ballot [Tribune].
  8. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas withdraws from the race, which could be enough for an independent candidate to unseat Republican Senator Pat Roberts [Politico].
  9. South Jordan City moves ahead with plans to poll residents on the future of the Mulligans golf course along the Jordan River [Tribune].
  10. A panel discussion says more women need to get involved in Utah politics [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1781 - Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.
  • 1951 - In the first live coast-to-coast TV broadcast, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco.
  • 1957 - Arkansas Gov. Orval Fabus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.
  • 1972 - Swimmer Mark Spitz became the first person to win seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Support Cops Having Access to Military Equipment
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Weekly Survey: Will Herbert Win Approval for 'Healthy Utah'?
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NRO: Chaffetz for Oversight Chairman
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Poll: Utahns Have Few Concerns About Police Actions
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Ad Blitz is On in Utah's 4th District Race
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Streetcar saga shows SLC needs better transit process

Fired Wal-Mart workers say they have right to self-defense

South Jordan moves ahead on polling public about Mulligans

Tribune to host Town Hall about Swallow, Shurtleff scandal

25 possible sites identified for Utah's new prison

Draper kills referendum two minutes before the deadline

Panelists say more women are needed in political office

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Common Core conflicts with federal education statutes

Orrin Hatch: Restoring the United States Senate

Bike lane project on 300 South applauded and criticized

Attorney general candidates Sean Reyes, Charles Stormont scrutinize campaign donations

EnergySolutions gets delay on issues surrounding depleted uranium storage

Utah Supreme Court considers issue of self-defense in the workplace


Republicans hold massive cash advantage over county Democratic candidates (Daily Herald)

UTA says Weber transit service would have many riders (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Get set, Cache Valley, for mail-in balloting (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Senate control 'on knife's edge' (Politico)

Warren: Destroying ISIS should be 'No. 1 priority' (The Hill)

Boehner: Expect 'busy but brief' September (The Hill)

Coburn: Let's change Constitution (The Hill)

Gay marriage suffers first federal defeat since DOMA (MSNBC)

Executed journalist Steven Sotloff had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship (New York Daily News)

Pentagon Unveils New Long-Term Weapons Plan (Wall Street Journal)

Missouri Governor Lifts Ferguson State of Emergency (TIME)

Glenn Beck says Hillary Clinton will win in 2016. Why? (Christian Science Monitor)

To delay or not: Timing on immigration reform holds risks for Obama (Reuters)

Texas abortion provider to reopen after court lifts restrictions (Reuters)

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