March 30, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's director of the Environmental Protection Agency, has sent the White House a draft of a plan to weaken fuel efficiency standards. The New York Times reports that the move, which undercuts one of former President Barack Obama's signature efforts to fight climate change, might propel the Trump administration toward a courtroom clash with the State of California, which has vowed to stick with stricter rules.
  • Today happens to be a major holy day for both the Christian and Jewish faiths, as Christians mark the end of the season of Lent and Jews begin the season of Passover. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and this evening, millions of Jews will begin the eight-day season of Passover, celebrating the Israelites' deliverance from slavery in Egypt.

  • The old adage is that March goes out like a lamb; and right on cue, the Treasure Valley will see some lovely spring weather in the next few days. The National Weather Service office in Boise is forecasting plenty of sun for today and Easter Sunday with highs in the mid- to upper-60s. Even so, operators of local ski resorts are reporting excellent spring ski conditions. Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain, Sun Valley and Tamarack will continue operations throughout the weekend.
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  • The table is set for the Final Four matchups in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments this weekend. Tonight, the women's Final Four will see the University of Connecticut take on Notre Dame, while Louisville meets Mississippi State. In the men's tournament on Saturday, March 31, Loyola, Chicago will take on Michigan, and Villanova will face Kansas.
  • The makers of Oreos say the treats will soon be made with sustainable cocoa. Food & Wine magazine reports the cocoa will come from farmers associated with the brand's Cocoa Life program, which is focused on "sustainable cocoa production and the welfare of the people behind it."

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