Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – August 20, 2014

Plaintiffs in same-sex marriage case oppose Utah's request for more time. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah exceeded his jobs goal. FBI Director James Comey visits Utah.


  • 76 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 159 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 440 days until the 2015 elections
  • 516 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 811 days to the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • The plaintiffs and ACLU oppose Utah's request for more time to appeal a court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah exceeded his goal of creating 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A proposed $300 million dollar deal to operate the embattled UTOPIA network may not appear on November's ballot [TribuneStandard-Examiner].
  • FBI Director James Comey visits Utah and discusses the arrests of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Mary Bishop, a Democratic candidate for county recorder, wants an explanation as to why the office is facing a $1.75 million shortfall. County officials say there's nothing sinister with the deficit [Deseret News].
  • The state school board will meet Thursday to consider appointing an interim superintendent [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee talks Common Core at a town hall meeting in Logan [Herald Journal].
  • A number of Utah cities are getting rid of gun restrictions at the behest of the Second Amendment Foundation [Tribune].
  • Utah schools pull in a record $39 million from trust lands in the past year [Tribune].
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry is booked on charges of abuse of power [The Wire].

On this day in history:

  • 1953 – The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which established the Head Start program.
  • 1968 – The Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring."
  • 1977 – The United States launched the Voyager 2 spacecraft.