Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – December 5, 2014

Herbert unveils Healthy Utah. Congress races to avoid another government shutdown. Utah state troopers will wear body cameras.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 52
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 97
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 249
  • Days to the 2015 election – 333
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 409
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 704

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Governor Gary Herbert takes the wraps off his Healthy Utah Medicaid alternative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Optimism is growing that Congress will be able to pass a funding bill by a Dec. 11 deadline in order to avoid another government shutdown [Washington Post].
  3. House Republicans pass legislation to show their disapproval over President Obama's executive action on immigration [The Hill].
  4. Rep. Chris Stewart says the House push back against Obama's immigration actions helps reinforce the traditional powers of each branch of government [Deseret News].
  5. A second night of protests across the country over a New York grand jury's decision to not indict a police officer who killed an unarmed black man [New York Times].
  6. A federal report finds Cleveland police officers have a pattern of using unreasonable force [USA Today].
  7. Utah announces plans to have all state troopers wear body cameras [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova is charged with misuse of public funds [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. East High School is dealing with a whooping cough outbreak [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake Chamber hosts their annual Clean Air Summit [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1848 – President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
  • 1933 – Prohibition ended as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution which repealed the 18th Amendment.
  • 1994 – Republicans chose Newt Gingrich as the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.