Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – April 1, 2015

Here's the top news for your Wednesday morning – no fooling!

Obama to stay overnight in Utah. How much do lawmakers have to move to find a deal on Medicaid expansion? Herbert signs criminal justice reform into law.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 132
  • Days to the 2015 election – 216
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 293
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 300
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 455
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 588

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is expected to stay overnight in Utah when he visits on Friday [Deseret News].
  2. The Utah Latino community is planning a rally to show support for the president during his visit [ABC 4].
  3. Just how far do lawmakers have to go to get to a deal on Medicaid expansion before the July 31 deadline? [Utah Policy]
  4. A BYU poll finds an overwhelming number of Utahns support Healthy Utah, while few support the House alternative [Tribune].
  5. Utah lawmakers give their perspective on the troubles Indiana is going through with their controversial "religious freedom" law [Fox 13, ABC 4].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a number of bills including sweeping reforms to Utah's criminal justice system [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Educators are wary of a new law requiring high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate [Deseret News].
  8. New studies find Utah's commute times are among the lowest in the nation while drivers in the Beehive States are better when compared to other states [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Rob Bishop plans to hold a number of public hearings this year on federal land ownership [Deseret News].
  10. Google backed out of a fundraiser for Sen. Mike Lee after he announced he would lead a probe into why the federal government stopped a probe into the company's business practices [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.
  • 1924 – Adolf Hitler was sent to prison for five years after failing to take over Germany by force in the unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch."
  • 1945 – U.S. forces invaded the Japanese island of Okinawa.
  • 1982 – The United States transferred control of the Panama Canal Zone to the government of Panama.