Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – August 21, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Herbert authorizes prison move. Special session on Medicaid expansion expected later this year. A Salt Lake City charter school shuts down just days after the school year begins.

The clock:

  • 74 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 150 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 157 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 158 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 202 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 312 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 445 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a resolution authorizing moving the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, Tribune].
  2. An economist says the new prison could be a boon or a burden for Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
  3. Herbert also says he expects another special session later this year to deal with Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, KUER].
  4. Lawmakers consider keeping details of administrative disciplinary actions from the public [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Rob Bishop's public lands initiative is not gaining any friends among Republicans on Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune].
  6. If you have DirecTV, you can't watch KSL for the time being [Deseret News].
  7. A charter school in Salt Lake City has shut down just days after the school year started leaving parents scrambling [Tribune, KSLABC 4].
  8. July was the hottest month on record since humans began keeping track in the late 1800s [Washington Post].
  9. Former President Jimmy Carter says he will undergo treatment for melanoma on his brain [Reuters].
  10. Hundreds of government employees apparently used their federal email accounts to access the cheating website Ashley Madison [Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1831 – Nat Turner launched a bloody slave insurrection in Virginia, leading to the deaths of 60 people.
  • 1940 – Exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City on orders from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
  • 1959 – Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.
  • 1991 – A coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular upraising led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
  • 2011 – Lybian rebels took control of Tripoli and ended the four-decade rule of Moammar Gadhafi.