November 13, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • NPR reports that Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, has been declared the winner in an extremely tight Senate race in Arizona, a state that has long been a Republican bastion. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Georgia has ordered a delay in the certification of that state's election results, and in Florida, razor-thin margins in races for Governor and the U.S. Senate have triggered an official recount. Reuters reports that local elections officers must complete machine recounts by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, but some are warning they may not be done in time. If the margin is still within one-quarter of a percentage point, another recount will be ordered.
  • The much-debated "thru-turn" is scheduled to open this evening at State Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Following months of construction, left turn signals have been removed from the intersection. Instead, the Ada County Highway District says drivers on State Street will continue through the intersection, make a U-turn at the next traffic signal, drive back to the intersection and make a right turn onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. ACHD insists that the change will reduce wait times at the intersection by about 50 percent.
  • Doctors from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the American Heart Association have released updated guidelines for managing cholesterol to minimize the risk of heart attack and stroke. They advocate for more scheduled testing of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. 

  • From the other end of the health spectrum, Food and Wine magazine reports that McDonald's has begun testing something new at franchises in California, Nevada and Hawaii: cheesy bacon fries. That's a big deal for McDonald's locations in the U.S., but Food and Wine says the chain once tried chocolate and pumpkin sauce fries in some of its locations in Japan.

  • Disney fans blew up the internet Monday when the Mouse House released its first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4. The film opens in June of 2019. Take a look:

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