Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – October 22, 2014

Utahns support "religious liberty" legislation. The state prison could move to a location near Salt Lake International Airport. Doug Owens debates alone after Mia Love skips an event.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 13
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 96
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 141
  • Days to the 2015 election – 377
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 453
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 748

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utahns overwhelmingly support proposed legislation to reiterate the ability of clergy and religious organizations to refuse to perform same-sex marriage if they are opposed to the practice [Utah Policy].
  2. Democrat Doug Owens appears solo at the Salt Lake Rotary Club after Republican Mia Love refuses their invitation to debate [Deseret News].
  3. A source says the final four possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison include three locations in Salt Lake County and one in Saratoga Springs; Tooele is apparently out of the running [Utah Policy].
  4. Health officials say they are set to begin testing vaccines to fight Ebola [New York Times].
  5. Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post, dies at the age of 93 [Washington Post].
  6. A new Utah law makes signers responsible for knowing what a petition says when they add their signature [Daily Herald].
  7. Salt Lake County's tax collections are slightly ahead of projections this year [Tribune].
  8. An audit concludes more than half of Utah's juvenile offenders return to jail, which costs the state millions of dollars annually [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The toxicity of algae in parts of Utah Lake are 70-times higher than safe levels [KSL].
  10. Democratic Congressional candidate Donna McAleer bemoans Utah's ranking as the "worst" state in the nation for women [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1746 – Princeton University received its charter.
  • 1962 – President John F. Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
  • 1968 – Apollo 7, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, returned to Earth.
  • 1981 – The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.