Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – July 31, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics. Utahns favor lethal injection to carry out executions. A Salt Lake City spokesperson is suspended after posting comments online critical of Mayor Ralph Becker's opponents.

The clock:

  • 11 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 95 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 171 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 178 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 179 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 223 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 333 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 466 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Beijing is named the host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games [Washington Post].
  2. Our latest poll finds Utahns favor lethal injection over the firing squad to carry out executions in the state [Utah Policy].
  3. Lawmakers are going to miss deadlines for coming up with a plan for Medicaid expansion and for finding a new site to move the Utah State Prison. The resolution of those issues could be weeks or months away [Deseret News].
  4. Salt Lake City spokesperson Art Raymond is put on administrative leave for using his work computer to leave online comments criticizing Mayor Ralph Becker's opponents in this year's election [Tribune].
  5. The US Economy grows 2.3% between April and June fueling speculation that the Fed may enact a rate hike for the first time in years [CNN Money].
  6. A new survey from Envision Utah finds Utahns are willing to water their lawn less to preserve water for agricultural land [Deseret News].
  7. The nonprofit health insurer Arches Mutual Insurance ended its first year in business nearly $20 million in the red [Associated Press].
  8. Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses the three-month extension for the highway bill [ABC 4].
  9. State water quality officials are taking steps to deal with toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake that killed two dogs [Tribune].
  10. Environmentalists are not happy with a plan to cut haze in Utah's National Parks [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1498 – On his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad.
  • 1972 – Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
  • 1974 – Watergate figure John Ehrlichman was sentenced to prison for his role in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg was the Pentagon consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers," documents about the war in Vietnam.
  • 1991 – The U.S. Senate overturned a 43-year-old law and voted to allow women to fly military warplanes in combat. 
  • 1991 – President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.