April 24, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Indicating that the investigations of the Trump presidency are far from over, the White House Tuesday refused to provide tax documents and testimony requested by House Democrats. The New York Times reports that the White House refusals signal a long and bitter fight ahead as President Trump seeks to stave off further inquiries into his personal and political activities.
  • Flames ripped through the roof of an apartment building near downtown Boise Tuesday night. Eight people were displaced by the fire at the two-story complex. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which significantly damaged the second floor of the building. Investigators confirmed that an earlier, smaller fire broke out at the same building on April 12, and they're looking into any possible connection between the two incidents. One person was treated for smoke inhalation, and the Red Cross and Boise Burnout Fund are assisting those who are now homeless because of the fire.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to increase flows of the Boise River today as the river is expected to near its "bankfull" stage. The flows will increase by about 500 cubic feet per second. The increase in flows from Lucky Peak Dam is in response to this month's above-average precipitation. Early this morning, the river at Boise's Glenwood Bridge was about 6,000 cfs.
  • The Atlantic has a troubling report titled "Greenland is Falling Apart." It turns out the giant island's ice sheet, the world's second-largest reservoir of fresh water, has lost nearly 11 quadrillion pounds of water since 1972.
  • CNBC reports that Rite Aid and Walgreens are raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. In 2014, rival CVS stopped selling tobacco products altogether.
  • Netflix films will continue to be eligible for Academy Awards, at least for the time being. Deadline.com reports that the Motion Picture Academy decided on Tuesday night not to change its current rules regarding eligibility for films on streaming services like Netflix. In one other bit of news, the Academy decided to rename its category for Best Foreign Language Film. It will now be referred to as Best International Feature Film.
  • The early reviews are out for the much-anticipated Avengers: Endgame, opening in cinemas around the world tomorrow evening. The Hollywood Reporter says, "Although there's loads of action and confrontations, what's distinctive here in contrast to most of the earlier Marvel films are the moments of doubt, regret and uncertainty, along with the desire of some characters to move on." IndieWire.com wasn't overly kind, calling the film a "messy love letter," adding that the payoffs are "based on the level of viewer investment. Newcomers to the series may as well be watching a Transformers movie." The Guardian was mostly positive saying, "The movie simply works on a basic level of delivering thrills." And The New York Times says the movie "allows for some greatest-hits nostalgic flourishes."
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