Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 353 days left in 2016.

Obama vows to end cancer in his final State of the Union address. Utah’s Congressional delegation lambastes the president’s speech. A new poll shows Utahns are worried about terrorism.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 19 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 57 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 69 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 101 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 167 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 300 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address. He talked about the nation’s healthy economy, unveiled an initiative to cure cancer forever and knocked the rhetoric of the GOP presidential candidates [The Hill, Washington Post, Time, CNBC].
  2. Not surprisingly, Utah’s congressional delegation panned the president’s speech [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Iran detained 10 U.S. sailors who drifted into their territorial waters. Those sailors were released from custody early Wednesday morning [The Guardian, CNN].
  4. The Royal Bank of Scotland is advising clients to “sell everything” because they think the global markets are heading toward a cataclysmic year [CNN Money].
  5. A new poll shows the fear of future terrorist attacks is a big worry for Utahns [Utah Policy].
  6. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman will act as his lawyer to appeal his conviction for leading an ATV protest ride through Recapture Canyon [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the latest flap over candidates who gather signatures to get on the ballot will not affect whether those signatures can be validated in time [Utah Policy].
  8. Sen. Lyle Hillyard wants to revoke a measure allowing Salt Lake City to hike sales taxes because the Utah State prison is relocating there [KUER].
  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams asks the Salt Lake City Council to join in asking the Utah Legislature for funding to address homelessness [Deseret News].
  10. District Attorney Sim Gill says a new video showing the shooting of James Barker by a Salt Lake City police officer does not support claims that the man was shot in the back while handcuffed [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 – President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
  • 1966 – Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1999 – Michael Jordan announced his retirement.
  • 2012 – The Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side. 32 people were killed.