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News roundup: Trump and Clinton tied in Utah, new poll shows

First Published      Last Updated Jan 14 2016 10:43 am

Five things to watch for in tonight’s GOP debate. Poll: Trump, Clinton tied in Utah. DA Gill attends rally for medical marijuana.

Happy Thursday. They’re back! The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage again tonight to debate and all eyes are on two people: Donald Trump, of course, and Sen. Marco Rubio. Look for Sen. Ted Cruz to lob an attack on Trump, who is unlikely to stand there silently. And with Rubio’s rise in the polls, his fellow contenders will be looking his way. Politico ranks the five things to watch for in tonight’s debate. [Politico]



Topping the news: Donald Trump is in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election match up in Utah, a new poll shows, adding fuel to the notion that Utahns don’t really like Trump’s style. [UtahPolicy]

-> Department of Health officials say sexual assault costs the state $4.8 billion annually and they want state lawmakers to take action. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Salt  Lake County DA Sim Gill attended a rally to show his support for medical marijuana legislation.  [Trib] [APviaKUTV] [Fox13] [DNews] [ABC4]

Tweets of the day: From @markknoller: "Didn’t win Powerball or an Oscar. Not my day."

From @JoshuaGreen: "Last night’s #Powerball: 5, 16, 24, 30, 37, 39, 40 -- wait, no, that’s @SenSanders 1 yr trendline in IA-Selzer poll."

 

Tune in: Alana Kindness of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Utah Department of Health violence prevention specialist Megan Waters join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about a new study that concludes the financial cost of sexual assault comes to $5 billion annually in Utah. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.

In other news: Rep. Rob Bishop’s House Natural Resource Committee plans to hold an oversight hearing in St. George to hear complaints about the Bureau of Land Management. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee is called the most interesting Republican in Washington for the conservative ideas he’s put forward recently. [TheWeek]

 

-> A private lab had to be decontaminated after it received live anthrax spores, according to recently released documents. [Trib]

-> An independent investigator says "questions still remain" in the officer involved shooting of James Barker, though legal authorities say the case is done and the officer acted within the law. [Trib]

-> The Utah Women’s Coalition is a new group that is pushing legislation to give legal protection to breastfeeding mothers. [Trib]

-> David Damschen was sworn in as the new state treasurer. [Trib] [DNews]

-> UTA officials say they would need expensive double tracking to solve FrontRunner delays. [Trib] Also its bus from Salt Lake to Park City sees big ridership gains. [Trib]

-> Utah Department of Transportation has launched the environmental study into converting parts of Bangerter Highway into a freeway. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> The Utah Supreme Court has reinstated a case involving a rural police chief who failed to act while his brother was committing domestic violence. [Trib]

Nationally: Sen. Ted Cruz failed to disclose a favorable loan from Goldman Sachs during his 2012 Senate run. [NYTimes] [CNN] [WaPost]

-> Iran returned the 10 American sailors who were taken captive on Tuesday. [CBS] Iranian State TV released a video showing the sailors apologizing for the incident. [ABC]

-> As Hillary Clinton steps up her criticism of Bernie Sanders, his campaign sees a huge influx in donations. [WaPost]

-> The Republican Party is starting to plan for a contested convention. [Politico]

-> Al Jazeera America is closing up shop after giving it a run in the contested TV news space for the past three years. [USAToday]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, along with the rest of Utah’s House delegation, sits down with fellow Republicans for a strategy session.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert in Baltimore for the House Republican Legislative Conference.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the retirement gathering for John Harija then meets with the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club.
  • State Auditor John Dougall joins state Treasurer Dave Damschen in a meeting with management from Utah School & Institutional Trust Fund Office.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to a United Way of Salt Lake Board meeting and then the Evidence2Success board orientation. He judges a speech competition for Academy for Math, Engineering and Science.
  • President Barack Obama holds a town hall at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, La, before returning to Washington.

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-- Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/Mkrusenews

 

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