Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – April 2, 2015

Here's the top news headlines for your Thursday morning.

The public won't get much of a chance to see President Obama when he lands in Utah today. White House officials won't say whether Obama will meet with LDS Church leadership. Herbert vetoes five bills.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 131
  • Days to the 2015 election – 215
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 292
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 299
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 454
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 587

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama will visit Utah Thursday and Friday, but he's not holding any public events [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. White House officials won't say whether Mr. Obama will meet with LDS Church leaders while in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes five bills from the 2015 session including one renaming part of I-15 after former House Speaker Becky Lockhart [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  4. Herbert also vetoes a bill making it easier for non-education officials to become public school administrators [Tribune].
  5. Air quality advocates are not happy that Gov. Herbert signed legislation prohibiting the Division of Air Quality from instituting a ban on wood burning [Deseret News].
  6. Here's how Utah's religious liberty legislation is nothing like the controversial law recently passed by Indiana legislators [Deseret News].
  7. About 12,000 Utahns got a shock this week after receiving a letter informing them their Medicaid benefits were being cut off, but state officials say that's not exactly true [KSL].
  8. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will not sign a controversial religious liberty bill unless lawmakers make changes to the measure [Washington Post].
  9. California Governor Jerry Brown issues that state's first-ever mandatory water use restrictions [NPR].
  10. New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is indicted on bribery charges [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1513 – Ponce De Leon landed at what is now St. Augustine, Florida in his search for the Fountain of Youth.
  • 1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.
  • 1982 – Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain.
  • 2005 – Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84.