August 29, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The late U.S. Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol today. A memorial service in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 30, will include a tribute from former Vice President Joe Biden. McCain's body will then be flown to Washington, D.C., where he will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. A memorial service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, Sept. 1, is expected to include tributes from former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. One interesting note: Warren Beatty, one of Hollywood's most liberal personalities, will be one of McCain's pallbearers. Vanity Fair reports that Beatty and McCain were longtime friends.
  • DMV offices across Idaho will be closed again today, as the Idaho Transportation Department continues to deal with a massive software problem that has crippled driver's license issuance systems. To date, there have been 11 outages of the system in 2018.

  • The Idaho Press reports that voters in the Parma School District passed a $5 million bond Tuesday, but bonds in the Middleton and Wilder school districts once more went down to defeat.

  • President Donald Trump has accused Google of suppressing conservative news outlets. The New York Times reports that Trump promised that the problem "will be addressed." Meanwhile, NPR reports that Trump has also claimed China was behind a hack of Hillary Clinton's emails. Trump cited the conservative website Daily Caller as the basis of his allegation.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed to record high numbers in the U.S. CNN reports that in 2017, nearly 2.3 million cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed.

  • Today marked the beginning of the 28th-annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which will fill the sky over downtown Boise with all shapes and sizes of elevated wonderment. Balloon launches at Ann Morrison Park are scheduled for each morning, running through Sunday, Sept. 2. And the wildly-popular Nite Glow Spectacular will light up the evening sky on Friday, Aug. 31.

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