March 7, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Middleton Mayor Darin Taylor has been asked to resign, Idaho Press reports. Taylor's fellow city council members passed a vote of no confidence on Wednesday, calling on the embattled mayor to step down from his post, after domestic abuse allegations surfaced against him.

  • In a party-line vote, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill that would require students and their parents to opt into sex education classes, Idaho Ed News' Clark Corbin reports. Currently, sex education is required for Idaho students unless their parents opt their children out of the program, but the bill, fronted by Idaho Falls Rep. Barbara Ehardt, would reverse that, requiring parents to fill out paperwork to opt their children into sex education. Ehardt painted the bill as "about consent, not about content." Supporters said sex education had departed from Idaho values when it went past abstinence-based training. Its detractors have argued that the bill could further endanger sexually abused children. The bill now moves on to the Senate.

  • This morning's New York Times has a report on the decline of the birth rate of Hispanic Americans. Fertility rates in the U.S. have been on a downward trend for years, and in 2017, that rate hit its lowest since the government began keeping tabs. The decline has been particularly prominent among Hispanics, with fertility rates falling by 31 percent between 2007 and 2017. Researchers say generational differences between Hispanic immigrants and their children are helping to drive the trend. Two-thirds of Hispanics living in the U.S. were born here, and on average Hispanic women are wealthier and more educated than their parents.

  • Television legend and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek took to Facebook on Wednesday to tell fans that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer. At 3 percent, the five-year survival rate for the disease is notoriously low, but Trebek vowed to beat the odds, and even injected a bit of humor, saying he can't die—he has three years left on his Jeopardy! contract.

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