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.