Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – July 14, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A deal is reached to limit Iran's nuclear ability. Vote by mail ballots start arriving in mailboxes. Transit ridership is falling in Utah.


  •  28 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 112 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 189 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 196 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 197 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 241 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 351 – days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 484 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Negotiators have reached a historic deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear ability in return for the lifting of economic and oil sanctions [New York Times].
  2. Iowa Rep. Steve King says Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants are "catching fire," and predicts if the caucuses were held today, Trump would likely win [National Journal].
  3. President Obama commutes the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders [Washington Post].
  4. The first mail-in ballots for this year's primary elections are hitting mailboxes this week [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Transit ridership is falling despite efforts by the Utah Transit Authority to boost the number of riders [Tribune].
  6. A number of organizations agree to a framework for the Mountain Accord which includes land swaps with four ski resorts in order to protect other lands in the Wasatch range [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Daily Herald].
  7. The 2016 election is more than a year away, but Gov. Gary Herbert's re-election effort is already gearing up [Deseret News].
  8. Tooele County officials say they will stop taking proposals from groups wanting to lease Miller Motorsports Park on Thursday afternoon [Fox 13].
  9. Tickets to see the Dalai Lama speak at the University of Utah sold out in a matter of minutes after they went on sale Monday morning [Deseret News].
  10. The biggest water users in Salt Lake City include the University of Utah and golf courses [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, beginning the French Revolution. The event is commemorated as "Bastille Day" in France.
  • 1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act, making a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
  • 1921 – Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of killing a shoe company paymaster and his guard. They were executed in 1927.
  • 1933 – All political parties except the Nazis were officially suppressed in Germany.
  • 2003 – Journalist Robert Novak identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in his newspaper column, citing two Bush administration officials.
  • 2004 – The U.S. Senate voted 50-48 against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.