Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – March 20, 2015

Happy Friday! It's the first day of Spring.

Herbert says he may veto wood burning ban bill. State School Board backs off veto request. Salt Lake City has the 7th largest gay population in the U.S.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 144
  • Days to the 2015 election – 228
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 304
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 311
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 466
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 599

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's "leaning toward" signing a bill to bring back the firing squad as a means of execution [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Herbert also says he's considering vetoing a bill that would block state regulators from banning wood burning [Tribune].
  3. The State School Board will not ask Gov. Herbert to veto a bill that could threaten AP classes and the International Baccalaureate program [Tribune].
  4. A couple of bills passed by the 2015 legislature will hit drivers and homeowners in their pocketbooks [ABC 4].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is catching some heat for wearing orange during Salt Lake City's St. Patrick's Day parade [Tribune].
  6. Former Senator Bob Bennett talks about his battle with pancreatic cancer [KSL].
  7. Salt Lake City has the 7th largest gay population according to Gallup [New York Times].
  8. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says, even though, the state has passed non-discrimination legislation, the fight continues [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City's dreaded blue parking kiosks will soon begin accepting validations [KSL].
  10. Zion National Park officials say an employee has tested positive tuberculosis, but they do not pose a threat to visitors [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published.
  • 1854 – Former members of the Whig Party met in Ripon, Wisconsin to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. This new group eventually became the Republican Party.
  • 1995 – 12 people were killed, and more than 5,000 made ill in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
  • 2003 – U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.