November 5, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • On this Election Day eve, candidates in Idaho and across the U.S. are in full "GOTV" mode—that's "Get Out the Vote" to the uninitiated. All of Idaho's statewide positions, from governor to superintendent of public instruction, will be on tomorrow's ballot; and every seat in the Idaho House and Senate are also up for grabs. The most recent national polls from The New York Times and Siena College indicate that dozens of U.S. House races are exceptionally close and modest shifts among undecided voters or a slightly higher turnout could yield some significant surprises on Tuesday.
  • An Idaho woman was killed in a Sunday afternoon vehicle crash on Interstate 84, just east of Mountain Home. Idaho State Police said a 2004 GMC Yukon was traveling westbound on the interstate when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and rolled the vehicle into the median. Forty-seven-year-old Tiffany Clark of Murtaugh was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • The Boise office of the Idaho Humane Society will serve as a regional hub in an effort to save hundreds of puppies and small dogs from the Texas/Mexico border. IHS officials say only one-third of the dogs entering the Palm Valley Animal Center near the Mexican border were saved last year. As a result, puppies will be airlifted to shelters across the country, and here in Idaho, IHS will adopt some of the dogs out of its Boise location, and send other puppies to shelters in Caldwell, McCall and Idaho's panhandle.
  • The jazz world is mourning the passing of 49-year-old Roy Hargrove. The Grammy-winning trumpeter died of cardiac arrest in New York City over the weekend. NPR says Hargrove is best known for his influence in the turn-of-the-century movement known as neo-soul.

  • In its strongest warning to date against corporal punishment, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement this morning urging parents not to spank their children. "One of the most important relationships we all have is the relationship between ourselves and our parents, and it makes sense to eliminate or limit fear and violence in that loving relationship," said Dr. Robert Segel, a Boston pediatrician and one of the authors of the statement.
  • CNN reports that the Western Pacific nation of Palau has become the first nation to ban a number of sunscreen brands. The ban, which takes effect in 2020, points to the significant damage to coral reefs linked to sunscreen chemicals.

  • Variety says in spite of receiving terrible notices, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earned about $50 million and the top spot at the domestic box office this past weekend.

  • If you're a foodie, Thanksgiving can't come soon enough. But even some of the most diehard Turkey Day lovers might hesitate to try Pringles Thanksgiving-inspired flavors: turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. They're available for purchase at for $14.99, while supplies last.
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