UPDATE: May 2, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 1 that the number of people getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in recent years. Warmer weather and increased plane travel are some of the contributing factors. The New York Times reports that for most mosquito-related diseases, there are no vaccines and no treatment.

  • UPDATE: Boise Police said Wednesday morning that a 58-year-old man, missing since Tuesday when he wandered away from an assisted care facility, had been found and is safe. Boise credited help from the community and family in helping to locate the man, identified as Stephan.
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    • Ryan Johnson
    Organizers at the Idaho Nonprofit Center are counting down the final hours till midnight when the 2018 edition of Idaho Gives gets underway. Nearly 600 Idaho nonprofits will share their individual stories in hopes of raising much-needed funds to keep their missions thriving. A statewide headquarters will be located in the Basque Block in the downtown Boise core. Performances, nonprofit demonstrations, celebrity appearances and even an Idaho Humane Society "Snuggle Bus" full of dogs will make an appearance during the 24-hour give-a-thon. Read more about Idaho Gives in this morning's Boise Weekly.
  • The Boy Scouts of America made a big announcement this morning: they're changing their name. Effective next February, the 108-year-old institution will be known as Scouts BSA. The Associated Press reports that the big change comes in the wake of Boy Scouts acceptance of girls into their ranks.

  • Scotland has traditionally been known for its very cheap, very high-strength liquor. But the BBC reports that a new Scottish law sets new minimum prices, in hopes of cutting consumption and saving lives. In the past, a two-liter bottle of strong cider could be bought for as little as 2.5 pounds (about $3.40). Now it will cost at least 7.5 pounds (about $10.20).
  • On this side of the pond, Budweiser is preparing to roll out a new beer this month, inspired by a handwritten recipe found in George Washington's military journal. USA Today reports that Freedom Reserve Red Lager will hit store shelves in the next few weeks. Proceeds will help fund a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to military families.

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