January 7, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
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    • Kelsey Hawes
    The 2019 edition of the Idaho Legislature will gavel into session today with newly sworn in Governor Brad Little delivering his first State of the State address before a joint session of the House and Senate at 1 p.m. Nearly one-fourth of the 105-member legislature is made up of freshmen. That said, it is very similar to most previous sessions in that 70 percent are male and 80 percent are Republicans.
  • The partial federal government shutdown is entering its third week and Democrats appear unmoved by President Trump's shift to calling for a steel barrier, rather than one made of concrete, at the U.S.-Mexico border. The New York Times reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will begin considering bills this week to reopen some departments that handle crucial functions like tax refunds and food stamps.
  • Treasure Valley commuters had to deal with freezing rain early this morning, while snow triggered a school closure in the Camas County School District in the Magic Valley. Additionally, school buses in Blaine County were delayed by two hours. A Winter Storm Warning was posted this morning for the cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Stanley. The National Weather Service office says Boise can expect a mix of rain and snow over the next few days.
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  • German health insurance companies say they're seriously considering not paying for dental braces in the wake of a government report in that nation insisting there's no proof that braces provide long-term dental health benefits. The Telegraph reports that the German Health Ministry says further investigation into the value of braces is now necessary.
  • The Associated Press reports that a 612-pound bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) at an auction in Tokyo on Jan. 5. The winner was Japanese sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura.
  • Alabama and Clemson, both undefeated, will face off tonight for the national college football championship. This is the fourth straight year that the two universities have faced one another in the college football playoffs.
  • Aquaman ruled the North American box office again this past weekend, raking in another $30 million. Indiewire.com says Aquaman is heading for at least $1 billion in global receipts.
  • The new issue of National Geographic has a fascinating story on what it calls "the world's most beautiful bookstore." It's located in an old theater in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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