April 9, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Fourteen people, including actress Felicity Huffman, have admitted to their part in the nation's largest college admissions scandal. Prosecutors tell The New York Times that the 14 are prepared to plead guilty to their crimes. Fifty people were charged in the case, which involved faked test scores, phony athletic credentials and big payments.

  • click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
    • Kelsey Hawes
    Less than a week after Governor Brad Little vetoed a pair of bills that would have made it tougher to put  citizen initiatives on a statewide ballot, Republican lawmakers have cooked up four new bills with the same intent. Each of the quartet of bills includes elements of the initial bill that was vetoed. Today marks the 93rd day of the 2019 Idaho Legislature.
  • IdahoEdNews reports that the latest numbers from the Lumina Foundation indicate that in 2017, Idaho had a 40.7% postsecondary completion rate—that's the percentage of adults who hold a college degree or professional certificate. It's up slightly from 40.6% in 2016.
  • click to enlarge BLAINE CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE
    • Blaine Co. Sheriff's Office
    Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez has resigned from office. Monday's resignation came three days after Rodriguez was charged with rape, sexual abuse of a child and lewd conduct with a minor. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the 40-year-old Rodriguez was booked into the Blaine County Jail where he's being held on a $500,000 bond. If convicted, he could face multiple life sentences. Rodriguez served as a Blaine County deputy from December 2004 to September 2011. He was elected sheriff of Lincoln County in 2016. Prosecutors said the alleged incidents occurred between August 2005 and August 2014 in Blaine, Jerome, Lincoln and Twin Falls counties.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) is the latest Democrat to announce his candidacy for president. If you're keeping score, that's 18 Dems already in the 2020 race.

  • USA Today has an interesting story this morning that says we should fill our gas tanks up on Monday mornings and never on Friday afternoons. "We generally see more volatility and higher prices later in the week," a spokesman for GasBuddy told USA Today.

  • If you're looking for a really strong cup of coffee, you may want to consider a $20 bag of Black Insomnia Coffee. People magazine says while a typical eight-ounce cup of coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, Black Insomnia's brew contains a staggering 736 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
  • Virginia won its first NCAA men's basketball championship last night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime. One of the best television moments of the sports year is the CBS Sports production of "One Shining Moment," a fabulous video that captures all of fun, heartbreak and madness of March. Enjoy.

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