Jan. 22, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Nearly 9,000 federal employees working in Idaho are wondering what their fate is as the U.S. government enters its third day and first full work day of a shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are expected to be furloughed across the U.S. today due to a Congressional stalemate over a spending plan to keep government agencies and departments running. During the last federal government shutdown in 2013, Idaho saw furloughs in the Forest Service, Social Security Administration and IRS. Government officials insist that U.S. mail will continue to be delivered and Social Security checks will be distributed on time. The New York Times reports a procedural vote on a temporary spending bill is scheduled for noon today.
  • Much-needed precipitation has returned to the region with Treasure Valley commuters greeted by a wintery mix this morning. Sun Valley reported snow showers through much  of the morning and a steady snowfall made driving treacherous on Idaho Highway 55. The National Weather Service posted a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of Southwest Idaho and more precipitation is expected to return by next weekend.
  • Amazon opened its checkout-free grocery store this morning in Seattle. The store, dubbed Amazon Go, requires shoppers to scan their smartphones when they enter the store, and then dozens of cameras of sensors track what items leave the shelves and make their way to shopping baskets, charging the customers when they finally leave the store. PRI reports that the store features a lot of ready-to-eat items and traditional grocery items near the back of the store. When it comes to beer and wine sales, a store employee checks proper identification.
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  • Boise State football fans will see some familiar names on the rosters for Super Bowl LII in two weeks, star running back Jay Ajayi will be suiting up for the Philadelphia Eagles and Marsing-native Shea McClellin will be on the New England Patriots' roster even though he's also on the injured reserve list.

  • The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night, with the prize for outstanding performance by a cast going to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand also took home the best actress award and Sam Rockwell won the best supporting actor award for the same film. Gary Oldman won the best actor prize for Darkest Hour and Allison Janney won the best supporting actress trophy for I, Tonya. This year's Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 23.
  • Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp and Emma Watson are among the acting nominees for the 38th Razzie Awards, "honoring" the worst films of 2017. The Razzie nominees for worst picture are: Baywatch, The Emoji Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy and Transformers XVII. The Razzies will be handed out Saturday, March 3, the night before the Academy Awards this year.

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