Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – April 3, 2015

It's an Obama Friday!

President Obama lands in Utah. The president meets with LDS Church and Democratic Party leaders in Salt Lake City. Jason Chaffetz was once rejected by the Secret Service.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 130
  • Days to the 2015 election – 214
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 291
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 298
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 453
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 586

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama arrives in Utah for a visit [Deseret News, Daily Herald, ABC 4, KSL, Fox 13].
  2. Mr. Obama meets with LDS Church leaders on Thursday evening in Salt Lake City [Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Utah Democratic Party leaders spend a few minutes meeting with President Obama [ABC 4].
  4. Obama is expected to highlight clean energy initiatives during his address at Hill Air Force Base later today [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Prior to his arrival in Utah, Obama announces a deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear program [New York Times].
  6. Utah's Republicans in Congress say the understanding with Iran doesn't go nearly far enough [Tribune].
  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz once applied to be a member of the Secret Service, now he's responsible for government oversight of the organization [Utah Policy].
  8. The latest report from the Prison Relocation Commission ranks a potential site in Fairfield as the top possible place for relocating the prison [Daily Herald].
  9. Salt Lake City officials announce plans for a mixed-use development west of the Rio Grande Depot in downtown [Deseret News].
  10. UDOT officials sue the contractor responsible for constructing the Timpanogos Highway for more than $29 million [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1860 – The Pony Express postal service began.
  • 1944 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled barring African-Americans from voting violated the 15th Amendment.
  • 1948 – President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion to aid to help 16 European countries recover from World War II.
  • 1996 – The FBI raided a cabin in Montana and arrested Theodore Kaczynski who was later convicted of being the "Unabomber."