Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday Morning – August 19, 2014

Utahns want lawmakers to pass a statewide non-discrimination law. Utah asks for more time for same-sex marriage appeal. Drones banned in national parks.



  • 77 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 160 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 441 days until the 2015 elections
  • 517 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 812 days to the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday’s Top-10 Headlines:

  • A new poll shows Utahns want the Legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual preference [Utah Policy].
  • That same poll highlights how some attitudes are changing when it comes to gay rights in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Utah asks for more time to file an appeal in a case that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Some of those reportedly high salaries for UTA executives are actually higher than previously thought [Tribune].
  • Police are investigating three incidents where airplanes landing at Salt Lake City International Airport had laser pointers shined at their cockpits [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Officials ban drones in Arches and Canyonlands parks and the Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments [Tribune].
  • More than 80% of voters say members of Congress don’t deserve to be re-elected [The Hill].
  • Utah’s new testing system for students shows that less than half of students in the state are proficient in core subjects [Tribune].
  • A member of the state school board is calling for an independent investigation into alleged misuse of power by other board members [Tribune].
  • Is the BYU Bookstore selling greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriage [Provo Buzz].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 – A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1976 – President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in Kansas City.
  • 2004 – Internet search engine Google went public.
  • 2010 – The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion began.