Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – June 19, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

South Carolina continues to grieve following a mass shooting at a church. Herbert says lawmakers could consider keeping the prison in Draper. Utahns support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 53
  • Days to the 2015 election – 137
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 214
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 221
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 222
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 376
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 509

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina residents are still trying to make some sense of the mass murder of nine church-goers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church [New York Times].
  2. Gun control activists are pessimistic any new regulations will come from the latest mass shooting in South Carolina [The Hill].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert suggests lawmakers could consider keeping the Utah State Prison in Draper [Tribune, ABC 4, KUER].
  4. A new assessment says there's not enough undeveloped land at the Point of the Mountain to rebuild the prison in Draper [Deseret News].
  5. Herbert says he hopes a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare will provide a path forward for Utah's efforts to expand Medicaid [Utah Policy].
  6. A new poll shows most Utahns support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah Republicans may hit a big roadblock in their efforts to get around SB54 [Utah Policy].
  8. Salt Lake City has put plans to open a hospice for the homeless on hold for now [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Former Democratic Rep. Ros McGee passes away [Utah Policy].
  10. The State School Board is considering more changes to their school grading system [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1856 – The first Republican national convention ended in Philadelphia with the nomination of explorer John Fremont of California for president. James Buchanan, a Federalist nominated by the Democrats, was elected.
  • 1862 – Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
  • 1953 – Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.
  • 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1987 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required schools to teach the creationist theory of human origin alongside evolution.