December 7, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A court-ordered psychiatric examination has concluded that Boise mass stabbing suspect Timmy Kinner is  not competent to stand trail for murder. The Idaho Press reports that prosecutors will challenge the findings. Kinner is accused of stabbing a 3-year-old girl to death and wounding eight others on June 30 at the Wylie Street Station Apartments in Boise. Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin is expected to make a decision soon on whether Kinner should be committed to a state hospital for mental health treatment. A competency hearing is expected to take place either later this month or in early January. Prosecutors have already indicated that when or if Kinner goes to trial, they will seek the death penalty. The trail had been set to begin in January 2020.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced this morning that the nation's payrolls grew by 155,000 jobs in November. The national unemployment rate was unchanged from the month before, at 3.7 percent.
  • According to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1 in 6 U.S. health care workers are immigrants. Looking into particular medical specialties, researchers found that nearly 23 percent of all nursing, psychiatric and home health aides were foreign-born and nearly 9 percent of them are not citizens. The authors used self-reported data from the U.S. Census.
  • On Thursday, Michigan became the 10th U. S. state, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize recreational marijuana. Rolling Stone reports that while possession and use is now legal in Michigan, the state hasn't yet start licensing medical marijuana shops to sell to recreational users—and may not for at least a year.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest Thursday, but not before some of his favorite country music entertainers paid their respects in song. NBC News says that during a final memorial service in Houston, Reba McEntire sang "The Lord's Prayer" and The Oak Ridge Boys sang "Amazing Grace."

  • The Grammy nominations were announced this morning and rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led the list of nominees. The four major categories—Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year—are all dominated by women.

  • Three days after it was announced that comedian Kevin Hart would host next year's Academy Awards, Hart is out. The Hollywood Reporter says the choice of Hart drew immediate criticism for his past use of homophobic slurs on Twitter and in his comedy acts.
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