August 31, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Most of Hurricane Harvey's historic rainfall has moved out of Houston, Texas, but evacuations continue and the death toll has risen to at least 28. NBC News estimates that around 32,000 people are still in shelters. Meanwhile, explosions were reported overnight at a chemical plant near Houston that was damaged during the storm. Officials warn further blasts are possible. NBC also reports that Harvey's damage has shut down the main fuel line from Texas to New York, which is expected to trigger a significant spike in gas prices in the coming weeks.

click to enlarge Cecil Andrus (August 25, 1931- August 24, 2017) - ANDRUS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY
  • Andrus Center for Public Policy
  • Cecil Andrus (August 25, 1931- August 24, 2017)
  • The body of former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus will continue to lie in state Thursday morning, allowing the public to pay final respects until noon. At 1:45 p.m., a public memorial service will be held in the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University's Student Union Building. Among the speakers will be the late governor's daughter Tracy Andrus, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Marc Johnson, former press secretary and chief of staff for Gov. Andrus. On Friday, Sept. 1, Andrus will be laid to rest during a private interment ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery on Warm Springs Avenue.
  • Three Georgia men have been arrested by Boise Police, who charged them with felony fraud. BPD said at least three fraudulent checks connected to a legitimate business in the Treasure Valley had been cashed August 29 at a Meridian Bank, and detectives said the three suspects traveled to Boise with the intent to commit fraud. Arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail were 46-year-old Jonathan Jones of Decatur, Georgia, 35-year-old Travis Bolston of Atlanta, Georgia and 38-year-old Leshelica Reese of Fairburn, Georgia. All three are charged with a felony count of criminal conspiracy.
  • Security officials at the Boise Airport reported two high-profile incidents August 30. First, a loaded firearm was discovered at a security checkpoint. The Smith & Wesson revolver, carried by a woman, was the 20th gun discovered this year by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Boise Airport. Several hours later a box that was deemed "suspicious" caused security officials to close off the airport's parking garage. The plywood box was discovered in a long-term parking area. It took security officials about ninety minutes to figure out that the mysterious box was empty.
  • Professional tennis players are typically surrounded by an entourage of handlers and tight security, restricting their practices and workouts to private facilities. So, you can imagine the public's surprise when, prior to his second round match at the U.S. Open, superstar Roger Federer chose to practice his skills at New York City's Central Park.
    "Extremely cool experience," Federer Tweeted. Federer hasn't won the U.S. Open in nearly a decade, but he's having an incredible comeback season, winning this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon. 

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