Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – August 20, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Legislators approve moving the prison to Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love join an anti-Planned Parenthood demonstration. Lawmakers consider rules for cops wearing body cameras.

The clock:

  • 75 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 151 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 158 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 159 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 203 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 313 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 446 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah lawmakers approve moving the state prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Mia Love appear at an anti-Planned Parenthood rally at the Capitol [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. Utah lawmakers hear about the benefits and pitfalls of legalizing medical marijuana [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. An interim committee considers how to resolve primary elections where the winner has less than 50% of the vote [TribuneDeseret News].
  5. Legislators consider statewide rules for police wearing body cameras [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Fred Cox, who was part of an unsuccessful bid to put the prison move to a popular vote, wants to make it a little easier to get referendums on the ballot [Tribune].
  7. Lawmakers consider overhauling the makeup of the state school board [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A group of Utahns file a lawsuit over government surveillance of phone calls during the 2002 Winter Olympics [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Federal authorities are investigating claims of racial discrimination in the Salt Lake School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Attorney General Sean Reyes tours the site of a massive toxic spill into the San Juan River [Deseret News, Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska.
  • 1858 – Theories by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace regarding evolution were published in a British scholarly journal.
  • 1953 – The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.
  • 1968 – About 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" – a brief period of efforts to democratize socialism in the country.