Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – April 20, 2015

It's Monday! Time to start a new work week.

Most Utahns think the LDS Church does not have too much influence on the Legislature. No veto override session in 2015. Utah's unemployment stays low.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 113
  • Days to the 2015 election – 197
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 274
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 281
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 282
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 436
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 569

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows most Utahns think the LDS Church does not have too much influence on the Legislature, but those of other religions feel different [Utah Policy].
  2. Lawmakers won't attempt to override any of Gov. Gary Herbert's five vetoes this year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. County clerks across the state are looking at how to implement a new law allowing those who object to same-sex marriage to opt out of performing the ceremony [Deseret News].
  4. Utah's unemployment rate stays at 3.4 percent, well below the national average [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  5. Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter is laid to rest as friends and family remember his legacy [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  6. Former State Rep. Craig Frank is elected the new chairman of the Utah County Republican Party [Daily Herald].
  7. Officials say the mild winter means Utah is facing a difficult fire season [Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Gov. Herbert hosts his annual Utah Economic Summit [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake City is set to close three municipal golf courses [Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake County is rushing to prepare for an election to determine the future of its unincorporated areas [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 – Congress passed the Third Force Act, which authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to use military force against the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
  • 1999 – Two teenage boys killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado before killing themselves.
  • 2010 – An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest U.S. marine oil spill in history.