Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – September 1, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns are not enamored with Donald Trump's candidacy. Carson is tied with Trump in Iowa. Utah students show a big improvement in SAGE testing.

The clock:

  • 63 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 139 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 146 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 147 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 191 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 301 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 434 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows Utahns do not support Donald Trump's candidacy and would not support him if he ran as a third-party candidate [Utah Policy].
  2. A new poll out of Iowa has surgeon Ben Carson tied with Trump [The Hill].
  3. Trump pledges to reverse President Barack Obama's decision to rename Mt. McKinley as Denali [The Hill].
  4. Utah students show big improvements in the SAGE standardized testing, most notably in high school math [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Utah County officials come to an agreement on how to handle a proposed sales tax hike on the ballot so that some voters won't have to cast two separate ballots on election day [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  6. Utah's abortion rate falls to the lowest level ever [Associated Press].
  7. The Utah Department of Health says there has been a marked increase in the number of teenagers who use e-cigs instead of cigarettes [Deseret News, Associated Press, ABC 4, KUER].
  8. The Utah Food Bank warns thousands of donors that their information may have been compromised due to a website breach [Fox 13].
  9. John Huber officially takes the reigns as the U.S. attorney for Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The Supreme Court rules a Kentucky county clerk cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 – Aaron Burr, who served as vice president under Thomas Jefferson, was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the country's south and west.
  • 1939 – World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
  • 1972 – American Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.
  • 1983 – A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 – Flight 007 – strayed into Soviet airspace and was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter. All 269 people on the airliner died.
  • 1985 – Scientists found the wreck of the British luxury liner Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland.