Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – October 9, 2014

Romney rallies for Mia Love. Federal deficit falls to its lowest level under Obama. UTA budget proposal taps reserves while increasing service.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 26
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 109
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 154
  • Days to the 2015 election – 390
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 466
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 761

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mitt Romney attends a Utah rally for Mia Love, helps the GOP Congressional candidate pull in about $100,000 in campaign cash [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. 4th District Democratic candidate Doug Owens releases a new round of TV ads that squarely take aim at Mia Love [Utah Policy].
  3. Don't tell the Tea Party, but the budget deficit falls to $486 billion, which is the lowest during Obama's time in office [Washington Post].
  4. The 10th Circuit officially dismisses Utah's appeal of a judges ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Sen. Steve Urquhart plans to re-introduce his statewide non-discrimination bill during the 2015 Legislature [St. George News].
  6. The Utah Transit Authority's 2015 budget taps $44.5 million of reserve cash while increasing service [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The National Park Service is proposing fee hikes for Utah's national parks [Deseret News].
  8. U.S. health officials will start screening fliers arriving from West Africa for Ebola [New York Times].
  9. Enrollment at Utah's colleges and universities is largely flat, but the number of Latinos on campus is on the rise [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Utah's Democrats are launching a media campaign encouraging Hispanics to vote in November [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut – later Yale University – was chartered in New Haven.
  • 1776 – A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
  • 1936 – The first generator at Hoover Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
  • 1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia while attempting to incite revolution.
  • 2009 – President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.