Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – May 6, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Nurses Day."

Becker calls for raises for city employees. A new site for the prison could be named next month. Most Salt Lake City residents like bike-only lanes on city streets.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 97
  • Days to the 2015 election – 181
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 258
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 265
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 266
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 420
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 553

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveils his budget proposal for next year that calls for raises for city employees [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  2. The Prison Relocation Commission could pick a new site for the facility next month [Deseret News].
  3. An audit says Utah water managers may be using flawed data to project future water supplies [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  4. A legislative review shows the state's retirement system may have missed out in more than $1 billion in growth because managers were too busy avoiding financial risk [Tribune].
  5. A new poll shows most voters in Salt Lake City favor the creation of bike-only lanes on city streets, except for Republicans [Utah Policy].
  6. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announces he's running for President in 2016 [Fox News].
  7. Even though the speed limit on Wasatch Front freeways jumped to 70 mph, a new study shows drivers aren't going faster [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Dixie State University is revising its rules on free speech after students sued the school after they were forbidden from posting satirical photos of former President George W. Bush [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Investigators say the pilot in the fatal Germanwings crash practiced putting a plane into a rapid descent on a previous flight before intentionally crashing a plane killing 150 people on board [BBC].
  10. Contact lens companies are pushing back against a Utah law designed to protect 1-800 Contacts by prohibiting price fixing in contact lens sales [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 – Confederate forces commanded by Robert E. Lee routed Union troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
  • 1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for ten years.
  • 1935 – The Works Progress Administration was established to provide work for the unemployed.
  • 1937 – The German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames while docking in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 people.