Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – March 26, 2015

Good Thursday Morning.

A new poll shows Utahns don't trust the federal government. Meetings over Medicaid expansion will be closed. Herbert signs prison relocation bill.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 138
  • Days to the 2015 election – 222
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 298
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 305
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 460
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 593

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds Utahns really don't trust the federal government [Utah Policy].
  2. A report shows retirement benefits for Utah Transit Authority executives are higher than normal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert's office says the meetings to resolve the Medicaid expansion impasse will be closed to the public [Deseret News].
  4. Critics worry Utah's reinstating of the firing squad will have a negative impact on the state's image [Associated Press].
  5. Gov. Herbert signs a number of bills including one to finalize the process for relocating the prison [ABC 4, Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to use part of a proposed ZAP-tax bond in 2016 to pay for maintenance of county facilities [Tribune].
  7. Health officials warn of a whooping cough outbreak in the Park City School District [KSL].
  8. A group of BYU graduates claim the school is discriminating against students who leave the LDS faith [ABC 4].
  9. President Obama is set to announce a new proposed restrictions on payday lending and other short-term high-interest loans [Huffington Post].
  10. Television ratings show Fox 13 is tops among local news viewers, followed by 2 News and KSL [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1830 – The Book of Mormon was published.
  • 1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio.
  • 1979 – Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty at the White House, ending 30 years of hostilities.
  • 1997 – The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult who had committed suicide were found inside a mansion in California.