Jan. 29, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas billionaire casino mogul who also served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, has resigned from his GOP post after being accused of sexual misconduct that his casino employees said lasted for years. Wynn is denying the allegations but employees told The Wall Street Journal that Wynn  frequently demanded naked massages and pressured them to engage in sexual intercourse or perform sex acts on him. The Journal reports that a number of Republicans are attempting to create as much distance as possible from Wynn.
  • The Monday morning commute was tangled by a crash near the interchange of  Interstate 84 and the Boise Connector, better known as the Flying Wye. Idaho State Police reported that the left lane of I-84 just prior to the Wye was blocked from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. No future details were immediately available.
  • The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving ranks Idaho as among the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to curbing drunk driving. MADD ranked all states on five factors: sobriety checkpoints, ignition devices to prevent drunk driving, revocation of driving privileges upon arrest, enhanced penalties for driving drunk with children in the car and expedition of warrants for suspected drunk drivers.  The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Idaho received 1.5 out of five stars, among the lowest in the nation. States with high marks included Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada and West Virginia.
  • The recording industry doled out its trophies last night in its 60th annual Grammy Awards. Bruno Mars was the big winner, scoring Grammys for Song of the Year ("That's What I Like"), Record of the Year (24K Magic) and Album of the Year (24K Magic).  But Grammy organizers came under quite a bit of fiery criticism. "Something important was missing: women," wrote The Hollywood ReporterOf the 86 awards, only 17 went to women or female-led bands. Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly called last night's ceremony, "oddly superficial," adding that the "show always becomes a paint can explosion of crossover demographics."  Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said, "all the cool kids were getting shut out," noting that nominees Jay-Z, Lorde, Cardi B and SZA all went home empty-handed. The Hollywood Reporter said the audience of the CBS telecast was down a steep 21 percent compared to last year's show.

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  • Keurig, the wildly successful manufacturer of coffee pod machines, announced this morning that it would buy the majority shares of the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group for an estimated $18.7 billion. Bloomberg reports that the investment firm JAB, whose holdings include Keurig, Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme Donuts and Jimmy Choo shoes, engineered the deal which will see Dr. Pepper/Snapple shareholders get $103.75 per share in a special cash divided. Existing investors in Keurig will own 87 percent of the new company.

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