Topping the news: Indicted businessman Marc Sessions Jenson wants former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify for him in his defense. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> The Utah Democratic Party has more than $200,000 in the bank while the Utah GOP has about $18,000. [UtahPolicy]
-> A former Utah teacher will begin serving as the president of the National Education Association in September. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx]
Tweets of the day: From @NotKennyRogers: "Quick reminder...there's a special place in hell set aside for people who set off fireworks after 9pm on Sunday night July 6th."
-> From @AaronBlakeWP: "Only 68% of Americans know the 1st Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech. And that's actually a new high."
-> From @CIA: "No, we don't know where Tupac is."
In other news: The Rainbow Family is packing up and heading home after a lengthy, peace-seeking stay in Heber City. [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> UTA officials and SLC Mayor Ralph Becker's office are still hopeful about the discounted HIVE transportation pass, despite lower than anticipated purchases. [Trib]
-> Hundreds of alumni and students at the University of Utah sent in emails condemning the changes to the "Utah Man" fight song. [Trib]
-> A race for Millard County commissioner switched in favor of one candidate to the other by a small percentage of votes; now the losing candidate, who initially thought he won, may ask for a recount charging there was questionable handling of the ballots. [Trib]
-> Utah's economy is growing strong with new jobs and revenues as the director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development leaves his position. [KUTV]
-> The LDS Church expects around 700,000 visitors during its open house of the new Ogden Temple next month. [StandEx]
-> Sen. Mike Lee is co-sponsoring a bill on federal prisons. [KUTV]
-> Residents of Vernal are concerned phosphate mining for fertilizer could poison their drinking water. [Trib]
-> State officials with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining are working to close abandoned mines to make the state's backcountry more safe. [DNews] [KSL]
Nationally: Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, says the Cuban government tried to derail his election and the CIA has "credible evidence" that he's right. [WaPost]
-> President Barack Obama announced his plans to increase the quality of teachers in underfunded schools nationwide, saying, "one ingredient that we know makes an enormous difference is a great teacher." [WSJ]
-> White House officials say the majority of juvenile immigrants who cross the border without parents will be deported. [WaPost]
-> House Speaker John Boehner responded to Obama's "so sue me" comment, saying the president disregards the U.S. Constitution. [Politico]
-> Nevada state Rep. Lucy Flores openly spoke on her abortion in an interview with MSNBC, saying, "I don't regret it because I am here making a difference, at least in my mind, for many other young ladies and letting them know that there are options." Flores is currently running for the lieutenant governor in Nevada. [MSNBC] [Slate]
-> Sarah Palin had some surprisingly nice comments on Hillary Clinton's new book. Check them out here. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz travels to Washington and participates in evening votes.
Rep. Chris Stewart also flies to Washington where he goes to an appropriations meeting, votes and attends a classified briefing on Iraq.
Gov. Gary Herbert attends an Education Excellence meeting, speaks with Jon Pierpont for an update on the refugee center and takes part in a State School Board interview.
President Barack Obama speaks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, hosts a Diplomatic Corps reception and travels to Denver.
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