Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – July 8, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lawmakers could put off Medicaid expansion in Utah until next year's legislative session. Utah is paying close attention to Congress' efforts to change No Child Left Behind. Lawmakers want police officers statewide to wear body cameras.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 34
  • Days to the 2015 election – 118
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 195
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 202
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 203
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 357
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 490

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Eurozone gives Greece until Thursday to present new proposals for deals with its creditors. On Sunday, the 28 members of the eurozone will meet to discuss Greece's fate [BBC].
  2. Utah lawmakers are hedging their bets on Medicaid expansion saying the issue could wait until the 2016 session [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  3. State education officials are paying close attention to Congress' efforts to reauthorize and change the No Child Left Behind legislation to see how it could impact Utah [Deseret News].
  4. Embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, who was convicted of leading an illegal ATV ride into Recapture Canyon, hires new lawyers and has his sentencing hearing pushed back to September [Tribune].
  5. A report from the Utah State Auditor shows students at the state's colleges, and universities subsidize athletics at those institutions to the tune of $56 million annually [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. Several Utah lawmakers want legislation requiring all police officers in the state to wear body cameras [Fox 13, KUER, Tribune].
  7. The lawyer Utah hired to defend its ban on same-sex marriage says the Supreme Court decision on marriage is a threat to religious freedom in the U.S. [Deseret News].
  8. A Sandy businessman is filing suit against Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker claiming he and two city employees ruined a business deal [Deseret News].
  9. Utah County Commissioners want to keep land in American Fork Canyon out of a proposed land swap with Snowbird Ski Resort [Daily Herald].
  10. On the heels of Hillary Clinton announcing an eye-popping $45 million fundraising haul her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, says he pulled in $15 million, mostly from small donors [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1663 – King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1776 – The Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time, to people gathered at Philadelphia's Independence Square.
  • 1835 – The Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.
  • 1889 – The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • 1969 – U.S. troops began withdrawing from Vietnam.