Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – May 4, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. May the fourth be with you – it's "Star Wars Day."

Salt Lake City residents are split on whether to move the state's largest homeless shelter away from downtown. Two more join the GOP 2016 field. Putting politics aside in the fight over Medicaid expansion.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 99
  • Days to the 2015 election – 183
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 260
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 267
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 268
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 422
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 555

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City residents are divided on whether the Road Home shelter and other homeless service providers should be moved away from downtown Salt Lake City [Utah Policy].
  2. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are joining the already crowded 2016 GOP presidential field [Fox News].
  3. The LDS Church issues a statement about the health of Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson [Tribune].
  4. The mayor of Baltimore lifts the curfew following the arrest of six police officers in the death of a black man that sparked several days of rioting [Rolling Stone].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders are trying to put politics aside in their quest to find a deal on Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  6. A Utah LGBT group is asking Utah judges whether they are members of groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation [Tribune].
  7. The city of Mantua is balancing their budget through speeding tickets [KUTV].
  8. Utah residents use a lot of water, but they don't pay very much for it [Tribune].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council is planning to live-stream their meetings [Tribune].
  10. Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen is close to reaching a deal with West Valley City to build a minor-league soccer stadium there [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1494 – On his second expedition to the New World, Columbus discovered Jamaica.
  • 1886 – A labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday at Haymarket Square in Chicago durned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
  • 1904 – Construction began on the Panama Canal.
  • 1970 – National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio during a demonstration against the Vietnam War.