January 4, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • Shortly after Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) took the gavel to reclaim the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives, she helped swear in other members of the U.S. House. The 2019 freshman class in the House is the most racially diverse and most female ever. It includes the first Native American congresswomen, the first Muslim congresswomen and the first Palestinian-American House representative.

  • click to enlarge COURTESY BRAD LITTLE FOR IDAHO
    • Courtesy Brad Little for Idaho
    At noon today, Brad Little will be sworn in on the steps of the Statehouse and become the 33rd governor of the Gem State. The ceremony is open to the public, and will be televised by Idaho Public Television. Each of the other state constitutional officers will also be sworn into office at the midday ceremony. Shortly thereafter, an open house inside the Capitol will allow the public to greet the newly sworn-in governor.  Tomorrow night, most of Idaho's high-ranking officers and a lot of their supporters will get fancied up for the inaugural ball under the Capitol Rotunda. At 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, Little will deliver his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho House and Senate. That too will be televised by Idaho Public Television.
  • The Labor Department reported this morning that the U.S. economy added 312,000 jobs to the nation's payrolls in December, far more than analysts had expected. But more people joined the job market, bringing the unemployment rate up to 3.9 percent from 3.7 percent in November.
  • click to enlarge Lee Robert Miller - ACSO
    • ACSO
    • Lee Robert Miller
    A Boise man is behind bars accused of a 1992 slaying of a Bremerton, Washington, woman. Investigators say 54-year-old Lee Robert Miller is also considered a suspect in another cold case: the killing of Cheryle Barratt of Boise, who was stabbed in the heart and had her throat slashed in her Sixth Street apartment in April of 1994. Police said there had been no new leads in the two cases until recently. Miller is being held at the Ada County Jail, awaiting extradition to Washington. Investigators said Miller hasn't yet been formally charged in Barratt's murder, though he's definitely a suspect.

  • A Japanese pilot for All Nippon Airway's domestic subsidiary ANA Wing failed a breathalyzer during pre-boarding inspection Thursday. The Japan Times reports that the airline was forced to switch crews and that, in turn, delayed a series of other flights.

  • Chinese scientists set down a spacecraft on the far side of the moon on Wednesday, and yesterday, the spacecraft, named Chang'e 4, after the Chinese goddess of the moon, unlocked a hatch and released a rover on the lunar soil. The Atlantic reports that the landing is a major move by China to insert itself into a reinvigorated space race. Chinese officials say they're planning to land a rover on Mars in early 2021.
  • The NFL begins is post-season tomorrow with a series of Wild Card matchups. On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Houston Texans will take on the Indianapolis Colts and the Dallas Cowboys will face the Seattle Seahawks. On Sunday, Jan. 6, the Baltimore Ravens will host the Los Angeles Chargers and the Chicago Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • There's another big competition this weekend: the Gold Globe Awards on Sunday night. ABC News says this year's award show will see Hollywood at a critical intersection, a full year after the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements first began to get Hollywood's attention.
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