Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – December 11, 2014

Spending bill hits a snag. Herbert set to unveil budget proposal. BYU poll says Utahns don't like the Zion Curtain.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 46
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 91
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 243
  • Days to the 2015 election – 327
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 403
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 698

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A $1.1 billion spending bill in Congress hits some snags but lawmakers are confident they can get it passed by Thursday's deadline to avoid another government shutdown [New York Times].
  2. U.N. officials want prosecutions for U.S. officials who condoned and participated in the actions detailed in the report on torture that came out earlier this week [Associated Press]. 
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert is set to unveil his budget proposal for next year. The total spending could top $14 billion due to new budget surpluses [Deseret News].
  4. A BYU poll shows Utahns don't think the "Zion Curtain" does anything to curtail drinking among children [Deseret News].
  5. The same BYU poll suggests Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings could hurt his chances for re-election in 2016 [Tribune].
  6. Eagle Mountain officials approve using $50,000 of taxpayer mountain to fight efforts to relocate the state prison there. At the same time, Saratoga Springs gets off the list of potential sites [Deseret NewsTribune].
  7. Davis County Commissioners approve a $108 million budget that includes no property tax hikes [Standard Examiner].
  8. Rep. Jeremy Peterson wants $2.5 million in state money to improve housing in Ogden [Standard Examiner].
  9. The Salt Lake City Council puts a plan to open the main library 24/7 on hold [Tribune].
  10. West Valley City mulls a $1 million proposal to equip all of their police officers with body cameras [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1816 – Indiana became the 19th state.
  • 1936 – Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
  • 1972 – Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
  • 1997 – More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.