January 15, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • There will be a big vote in Britain's Parliament today and it doesn't look good for Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to follow through with Brexit, which would have England leave the European Union. The New York Times reports that a bad loss today could lead to May's ouster, a backup Brexit plan or even a whole new national referendum where Brits would have a do-over vote.
  • Monday was a particularly dangerous day on Interstate 84 in Canyon County. An Oregon man was killed when he swerved to avoid a previous crash and lost control of his vehicle. 36-year-old Michael Kreider of Vale, Oregon, died at the scene after his vehicle collided with a semi-truck and trailer. Idaho State Police are also investigating a three-vehicle crash on I-84, blocking traffic for the better part of an hour. No serious injuries were reported in that accident.

  • There were undoubtedly thousands of traffic accidents across the nation Monday, but the stickiest had to be on an Arizona highway where a tanker carrying 40,000 pounds of chocolate overturned. ABC News says things had to get a bit worse before getting better: Cleanup crews had to empty the remaining contents from the trailer to lift it upright.
  • The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has hit a 30-year low in the number of referred pollution cases for criminal prosecution. EPA referrals resulted in 62 federal convictions in fiscal year 2018, when Scott Pruitt was the agency's head, the fewest since 1995.

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    Speaking of the environment, there's even more troubling news regarding the polar ice caps. CNN reports that a new study reveals Antarctica is losing ice six times faster today than in the 1980s. Scientists reiterated that it's another key indicator of human-caused climate change.

  • Thousands of people will board airplanes across the U.S. this morning and probably ask a flight attendant for a cup of coffee. But airline and travel expert Brian Sumers tells thrillist.com that, "Almost all airline coffee is bad. A lot of it is disgusting." Sumers points to a study from the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center that concluded, "It's probably best to avoid drinking water from the tap on a plane, which also means staying away from coffee and tea."

  • The Boise State men's basketball team hosts Nevada tonight at Taco Bell Arena. It will be only the sixth time in program history that the Broncos have hosted a Top 10 team. Tip off is at 7 p.m., and the game will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.
  • The Hollywood Reporter says that executive producers of the Fox television hit series Family Guy will phase out jokes that come at the expense of the gay community.

  • Broadway is mourning the loss of Carol Channing, the larger-than-life star who originated the lead in Hello, Dolly!.  She was 97.
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