Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – December 24, 2014

Former President Bush hospitalized. Hughes argues in favor of moving the prison. Hatch says he's "sorry" that Huntsman attacked Lee.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 33
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 78
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 230
  • Days to the 2015 election – 314
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 390
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 685

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President George H.W. Bush is rushed to the hospital due to shortness of breath [CNN].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's "sorry" that Jon Huntsman Sr. called Sen. Mike Lee an "embarrassment" [Deseret News].
  3. Incoming House Speaker Greg Hughes argues it's time to move the state prison [Utah Policy].
  4. A judge says a San Juan County Commissioner can pay for his own lawyer to fight charges due to his part in a protest protest in Recapture Canyon [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The FDA eases regulations on gay men donating blood as long as they've been celibate for a year [Reuters].
  6. Former gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze allegedly won't let federal officers inspect his home to see if he has firearms in violation of a judge's owner [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Utah's population grew by more than 40,000 in the past year [Tribune].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert's budget proposal makes a significant investment in improving air quality [Deseret News].
  9. A broken pipe floods a downtown office housing employees of the Salt Lake County District Attorney [Deseret News].
  10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average moves above 18,000 for the first time ever [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1814 – The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
  • 1865 – The Ku Klux Klan was founded as a private social club by several Confederate Army veterans in Tennessee.
  • 1968 – Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • 2009 – The Senate passed health care legislation, in the chamber's first Christmas Eve vote since 1895.