June 26, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it would hear arguments on President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban from six mostly Muslim nations. Trump's Justice Department is urging the Supreme Court to overrule previous decisions from lower courts which concluded the ban was unconstitutional. This is the final day of the 2016-2017 session of the high court, and it will hear arguments on the matter when it begins its next session in October. Meanwhile, NBC News reports there has been speculation over whether 80-year-old Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy might announce his retirement sometime soon. Kennedy, nominated to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, is considered to be a moderate, and has been the swing vote on a number of critical cases on abortion, gun rights, capital punishment, super PACs and same-sex marriage. Kennedy will turn 81 Sunday, July 23.
  • The search resumes today for a small SUV reported to have gone off the Highway 55 and into the fast-moving waters of the Payette River near Cascade. The Valley County Sheriff's Office said it received a call about the incident in the late afternoon hours of June 24, and Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen asked that the Cascade Dam be closed to assist the rescue operations. Emergency responders have yet to find the vehicle or any of its occupants.

  • John McEnroe, the eternal bad boy of tennis, was promoting his new autobiography But Seriously when, during an interview with NPR, he his answer to a question about Serena Williams sent social media into a frenzy. McEnroe first said Williams was without question the best female player ever, adding Williams would be ranked 700th in the world if she played against male professionals. "If she had to just play...the men's circuit, that would be an entirely different story," said McEnroe.
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  • Following the Season 4 finale of Silicon Valley last night, fans of the HBO series will have to wait for another year for new episodes. When the series returns in 2018, however, they won't see T.J. Miller's hilarious portrayal of Erlich Blachman. In a very candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller said he was too busy to return to the show, and had some parting shots for Silicon Valley's writers and producers, calling the show "cyclical" and typical of most sitcoms. Miller also didn't mince words about co-star Thomas Middleditch. "I'm not sitting here saying, 'I need more lines. I'm not funny enough.' I'm not Thomas Middleditch," said Miller. "I want to step aside. Thomas Middleditch has always wanted to be a star. He's always wanted to be the star of the show."

  • The Ada County Coroner has released some details about a body found in a canal. The office of the coroner responded to a report of the body found in the canal near the 4100 block of Eagle Road Sunday morning. Officials do not suspect foul play in the death, but identifying information about the body is being withheld, pending notification of family.

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