Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – April 30, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Honesty Day," so do some truth telling!

Gov. Herbert and Utah legislative leaders meet in Washington for negotiations on Medicaid expansion. Salt Lake City residents give the police department high marks. Lehi announces water restrictions.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 103
  • Days to the 2015 election – 187
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 264
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 271
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 272
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 426
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 559

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah legislative leaders meet with Obama Administration officials for negotiations on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  2. Our latest poll of Salt Lake City residents gives the city's police department high marks [Utah Policy].
  3. The streets of Baltimore were mostly quiet after a mandatory curfew was in effect for a second night [ABC News].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz slammed the breakdown in communication between federal agencies when a small gyrocopter violated restricted federal airspace to land at the U.S. Capitol [Associated Press].
  5. Two Utah cities, Salt Lake City and Logan, win an ignominious honor as they land on the top-10 "most polluted cities" in the nation [Tribune].
  6. The DABC will change the way they contract for security services at state liquor stores in an effort to save money [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Lehi City announces summer water restrictions to deal with a growing drought in the state [ABC 4].
  8. UDOT officials say they will include a proposed freeway overpass in Lehi as part of its $450 million expansion project for I-15 [Daily Herald].
  9. Few people have commented on the proposed Mountain Accord management plan [Fox 13].
  10. Alliance for a Better Utah executive director Maryann Martindale is stepping down after four years at the head of that organization [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
  • 1803 – The U.S. completed the Louisiana Purchase. It obtained all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.
  • 1945 – The body of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was found in a bunker in Berlin.
  • 1975 – The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.