August 28, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A spokesman for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said his office was waiting for a directive from the White House before lowering the flag at the Idaho Statehouse to half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25. It wasn't until Monday that Trump issued the directive, also ordering the flag at the White House to be lowered to mark McCain's passing two days earlier. The New York Times reports that Trump came under "enormous public and private pressure" before finally ordering the flag at the White House to be flown at half-staff. The Times reports the president "stubbornly refused repeated requests from officials as senior as Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly" to acknowledge McCain's death.
  • Voters in three Canyon County school districts are going to the polls today to consider bonds which school officials say will help address several issues, including overcrowded classrooms. The Idaho Press reports that voters in Middleton will weigh in on a $28.8 million bond to build an additional elementary school and purchase property for future growth. In the Parma School District, voters are being asked to approve a $5 million bond to build a new football stadium and a new agricultural education building. And the Wilder School District is asking voters to consider a $5 million bond to fund expansions of the district's cafeteria and kitchen facility and vocational agriculture program. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

  • This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center will probably resettle about 70 people in 2018. Compare that to the approximately 300 refugees who have been resettled into the Twin Falls area in the past several years. The Times-News says the dramatic drop has local businesses scrambling to find workers.

  • Here's another sign that air travel is getting even more expensive. JetBlue, which serves much of the eastern U.S., announced Monday that it was bumping up its fee for checking luggage from $25 to $30. No word yet from other airlines, which generally charge about $25 for the same service.

  • A 1962 Ferrari is now the most valuable vehicle ever auctioned. CNN says the Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million at a recent Sotheby's auction. CNN says another Ferrari 250 GTO, from 1963, recently sold for a reported price of $70 million, but that was a private transaction.

  • There has been plenty of worldwide effort to ban plastic straws in order to rein in the plastic waste in the planet's oceans. But NBC News reports that plastic straws have nothing on cigarette butts, which are still the No. 1 man-made contaminant in the oceans. The Ocean Conservancy says more than 60,000,000 cigarette butts have been collected from the world's beaches over the past three decades, and that amounts to about one-third of all collected items.
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