August 1, 2017: What to Know 

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  • This morning's Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump's involvement in his son's misleading statement on a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer was much more direct that previously disclosed. In fact, the Post points to three sources who confirmed that President Trump dictated a statement which would later be read by Donald Trump Jr., insisting that the meeting involved the adoption of Russian children and was not campaign-related. It was later learned that Trump Jr.'s meeting was prompted by an email from a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • The thousands of Idahoans who depend on securing their healthcare through a state-run health insurance exchange got some sobering news Monday: if all goes as planned, most of their premiums are going up in 2018... way, up. On average, statewide premiums will go up 38 percent, with the highest increases occurring in the so-called "Silver" level of coverage, the middle of the pack for most healthcare offerings.  The proposed 2018 increases run as low as 6 percent for the Bronze level of coverage offered though Blue Cross of Idaho, to as high as 81 percent for the Silver level of coverage offered by PacificSource. "I am deeply disappointed and frustrated to share these rates," said  Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron. "I understand how difficult it will be for Idahoans to afford reasonable coverage, especially those without a subsidy."
  • Idaho State Police had a particularly hectic Monday evening, responding to several bad vehicle accidents across the region, including wrecks in the eastbound lane of Interstate-84 near Gowen Road in Boise and the westbound lane of I-84 near Caldwell. But the worst was a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 20 in Elmore County, which claimed the life of 31-year-old Jennifer Lemley of Hailey. ISP said Lemley's vehicle went off the right shoulder of the road and rolled. Lemley died at the scene.

  • The Boise City Council will not be holding its traditional Tuesday evening meeting tonight. Instead, they'll be participating in citywide events to commemorate National Night Out. Once a year, public officials join law enforcement for block parties and cookouts to heighten the community's awareness of crime and drug prevention programs. Scores of events are scheduled for across Boise. Here's a map:

  • Newly revealed data from the Pew Research Center indicates that, for the first time, millenials and Gen Xers surpassed their elders when it came to voting in the 2016 election. The analysis indicates that 69.6 million millennials (18-35 years old) and Gen Xers (36 to 51 years old) cast ballots in last year's presidential election. Compare that to 67.9 million baby boomers (or older).

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that HBO is the latest victim of a major hack, this time targeting scrips or episodes of Game of Thrones, Ballers, Insecure and Room 104. HBO officials confirmed the breach on Monday. Previous hacks have targeted Netflix and the Walt Disney Company.

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