Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – June 4, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Here are today's news highlights.

Is the prison headed to Salt Lake City? John Swallow moves one step closer to a trial date in July. Governor Herbert issues an executive order to reduce water use at state facilities.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 68
  • Days to the 2015 election – 152
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 229
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 236
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 237
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 391
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 524

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Jacob Anderegg says there are enough votes in the legislature to relocate the prison to Salt Lake City [Deseret News]. The head of the Prison Relocation Commission says that's not true [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Former Attorney General John Swallow waives a preliminary hearing and is expected to plead not guilty to multiple charges when his trial begins July 20 [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert issues an executive order to reduce water use at state facilities [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz blasts the Obama administration for a lack of transparency because the number of Freedom of Information requests have doubled since he took office in 2009 [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee says he will sponsor religious freedom legislation if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage this summer [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Contact lens makers ask a federal court to block a Utah law prohibiting price-fixing in that industry [Associated Press].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayoral candidates appear at a public forum to make their case to voters [Tribune].
  8. A federal court rules in favor of the EPA in a case involving pollution in the Uintah Basin [Deseret News].
  9. State regulators approve an air quality plan to reduce haze at the five national parks in the state but place no new restrictions on coal-fired power plants [Tribune].
  10. A billboard proclaiming "God loves gays" has popped up along I-15 in Utah County [Tribune2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1896 – Henry Ford wheeled his first car from a shed in Detroit and drove it around darkened streets on a trial run.
  • 1912 – Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law.
  • 1919 – Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification.
  • 1985 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Alabama minute-of-silence law as fostering classroom prayer.
  • 1989 – In what became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre, hundreds of student-led pro-democracy demonstrators were reported killed and thousands wounded as Chinese troops removed them from the square in Beijing.