Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – May 1, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens today. It's tremendous! 

More demonstrations are expected in Baltimore today. Most SLC residents say panhandling should be illegal. Why is Utah paying a lobbyist to get wolves off the endangered species list?


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 102
  • Days to the 2015 election – 186
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 263
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 270
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 271
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 425
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 558

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More demonstrations are expected in Baltimore today as police plan to keep the curfew in effect over the weekend [CNN].
  2. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially enters the 2016 presidential fray as a Democrat [New Yorker]. Here's why Sanders may give Hillary Clinton a run for her money [Rolling Stone].
  3. Most Salt Lake City residents think panhandling should be illegal, but some in the middle class disagree [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah is paying big bucks to a lobbyist to take wolves off the endangered species list despite the fact that there are no wolves in Utah [Fox 13].
  5. Bob Bernick has some ideas how the Utah GOP could get around SB54 [Utah Policy].
  6. Mitt Romney delivers the commencement speech at Utah Valley University [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A drinking water shortage has put the brakes on new construction in Weber County [Associated Press].
  8. A conference of public safety officials discuss how body cameras on police could be a valuable tool in domestic violence cases [Tribune].
  9. Utah maintains its AAA bond rating [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. The bird flu outbreak in Iowa is growing [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1931 – The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.
  • 1960 – The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane flown by Francis Gary Powers, who was captured.
  • 2003 – President George W. Bush speaking from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the end of major U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.
  • 2011 – President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaida founder Osama Bid Laden was killed in a U.S. commando raid on his compound in Pakistan.