Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – October 1, 2014

First Ebola case in the United States. Chaffetz questions the Secret Service. Shurtleff working at his brother's Orem startup.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 34
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 117
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 162
  • Days to the 2015 election – 398
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 474
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 769

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The CDC confirms the first case of Ebola in the United States [CNN].
  2. Another security failure by the Secret Service as an armed man with a criminal record was allowed on to the same elevator with President Obama in Atlanta [Washington Post].
  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz rips the head of the Secret Service in a Congressional hearing [Tribune].
  4. Utahns are motivated to vote in November, but extreme partisans and the elderly are especially enthusiastic to hit the polls [Utah Policy].
  5. Mitt Romney plans to make his home in Utah [Tribune].
  6. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff makes a surprise appearance in front of the state liquor commission as part of his work at an Orem-based startup with his brother [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Current Attorney General candidates Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont will hold their first debate on Wednesday evening [Deseret News].
  8. Troy Williams, the controversial new head of Equality Utah, appears to be scrubbing his online past [Utah Politico Hub].
  9. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says body camera video shows a police officer was justified in the killing of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor outside a convenience store [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A state school board candidate who sued to get on the ballot drops out of the race [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile. Each car cost $825.
  • 1939 – Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
  • 1949 – Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China.
  • 1962 – Johnny Carson debuted as the regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
  • 2008 – A $700 billion financial industry bailout won passage in the Senate on a 74-25 vote.