April 19, 2018: What to Know 

  • A fatal accident aboard a Southwest Airline jet on Monday is renewing scrutiny on engine inspections across the U.S. today. NBC News reports that there were no problems uncovered when Southwest Flight 1380 was checked two days before the engine exploded in midair. One passenger died after nearly being sucked out of the plane. Captain Tammie Jo Shults is being heralded as a hero for miraculously landing the damaged aircraft.
  • A Sun Valley landmark erupted into flames overnight. A spokeswoman at the Sun Valley Resort says the fire began at about 11:20 p.m. at the Sun Valley Resort Warm Springs Lodge at the base of Mount Baldy. The lodge had been closed for the season. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that crews from multiple fire departments battled the blaze throughout the night and into the morning.

  • The Idaho State Board of Education voted Wednesday to increase tuition and fees at each of Idaho's four-year public institutions, effective this fall. Board members agreed to raise tuition and fees at Boise State by 5 percent for both resident and nonresident undergraduate students. At University of Idaho, they were increased by 5 percent for residents and 8 percent for nonresidents.

  • Meanwhile, five finalists have emerged in the search for who will replace soon-to-retire Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra. The finalists are Dr. James Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oakland University; Dr. Kevin Reynolds, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Portland State; Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University; Dr. Robbyn Wacker, Senior Campaign Advisor for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado; and Dr. Daniel Weeks, President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia. The finalists are expected to visit the Boise State campus in the coming weeks.
  • The New York Times has a fascinating story today on a Frenchman who is the first in the world to receive two full-face transplants. Jerome Hamon has neurofibromatosis and In June 2010, Dr. Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Park removed Hamon's entire face, including his eyelids and lachrymal system. But in 2015, Hamon caught a cold and took an antibiotic that was incompatible with his body's healing system. Doctors decided to perform a second face transplant and were once again, successful.
  • Only eighteen games into a new baseball season, the Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Bryan Price. ESPN reports that Price skippered the team to a woeful 3-15 start.
  • Seven years after being shunned by the Cannes Film Festival for jokingly saying he "sympathized with Hitler," director Lars von Trier will return to the global film showcase this year. The Hollywood Reporter says von Trier will debut his new film, The House That Jack Built, a drama starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon.

  • NBC will wrap up Saturday Night Live's 43rd season with some serious star power. Saturday, May 5, will see Donald Glover as guest host, followed by Amy Schumer on Saturday, May 12, and SNL alum Tina Fey will return to guest host the Saturday, May 19, season finale.

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