Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – November 12, 2014

Utahns think the state's liquor laws hurt economic development. U.S. and China sign an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. Violent crime is on the rise in Utah.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 75
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 120
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 272
  • Days to the 2015 election – 356
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 432
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 727

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A solid majority of Utahns think the state's liquor laws hurt economic development and tourism [Utah Policy].
  2. The United States and China announce an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions [USA Today].
  3. A survey from Envison Utah finds the top priorities for Utahns are water, education and air quality [Deseret News].
  4. New numbers from the FBI find violent crime is on the rise in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Davis County officials say allowing voters to cast ballots by mail boosted numbers on election day [Deseret News].
  6. The plaintiffs in a case seeking spousal benefits for same-sex couples in Utah want the state to pay nearly $200,000 in legal fees [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Health insurance premiums for Utahns using the federal health exchanges through the Affordable Care Act are rising by nearly 6-percent on average [Tribune].
  8. Gasoline prices in Utah drop, but are still among the most expensive in the nation [Deseret News].
  9. Federal prosecutors are raising questions about whether a San Juan County Commissioner who led a public lands protest in Recapture Canyon is financially eliglble for a public defender [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake County officials plan to hold public meetings to help shape the County's plan for parks and recreation [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1927 – Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
  • 1942 – The World War II battle of Guadalcanal began.
  • 1954 – Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.