Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – September 9, 2014

Utahns think public schools need modest improvements instead of an overhaul. Judge says a lawsuit challenging the Tribune and Deseret News' joint operating agreement can move ahead.


  • 56 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 139 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 420 days to the 2015 election
  • 496 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 791 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A poll shows Utahns think the state's public education system needs some modest reforms rather than a complete overhaul [Utah Policy].
  2. A federal judge will allow a lawsuit filed by former employees of the Salt Lake Tribune challenging changes in the joint operating agreement between the Tribune and Deseret News to move forward [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Hillary Clinton says she will decide on whether to run for president in 2016 around the first of the year [CNN].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee hires the former national political director of Freedom Works to run his 2016 re-election campaign [Politico].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the U.S. needs to take decisive action against ISIL [ABC 4].
  6. The controversial Ski Link lift between Solitude and the Canyons Resort is eliminated from the latest plan to connect seven ski resorts [Tribune].
  7. A federal judge's ruling that the way Utah elects State School Board members is unconstitutional is raising old arguments about whether these elections should be partisan [Deseret News].
  8. A federal court upholds a ruling setting a very narrow standard for what defines a road in the state's fight over RS 2477 roads [Tribune].
  9. Ranchers in Wayne County want the state to reject a proposed sale of 800 acres to protect a prairie dog sanctuary [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority is testing distance-based fees [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies.
  • 1850 – California became the 31st state of the Union.
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
  • 1976 – Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at the age of 82.
  • 2009 – South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's speech to Congress on health care.