Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – December 4, 2014

Congress works to avoid another shutdown. 6 possible sites for the new Utah State Prison are unveiled. Utah sues to stop Obama's executive action on immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 53
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 98
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 250
  • Days to the 2015 election – 334
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 410
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 705

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Protests erupt nationwide after a grand jury declines to indict a New York police officer whose choke hold on Eric Garner resulted in the unarmed black man's death [New York Times].
  2. Congress and the White House consider a plan to avert another government shutdown [Politico].
  3. The Prison Relocation Commission unveils six potential sites for the new Utah State Prison location [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Utah lawmakers chew on a new report about the potential benefits and risks of wresting control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Utah joins 16 other states in a legal challenge over President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a ban on wood burning from November to March [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Gov. Herbert says hydraulic fracking in Utah has not harmed the environment [Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Dean Sanpei is tapped as the House Chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee [Utah Policy].
  9. The romantic relationship between Salt Lake City Council members Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa comes under more scrutiny [City Weekly].
  10. A federal appeals court rules Florida's plan to drug test welfare applicants is unconstitutional [Miami Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
  • 1945 – The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
  • 1978 – Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.