Oct. 23, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The widow of an American solider slain in Niger spoke to ABC News this morning about her controversial call from President Donald Trump. Myeisha Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, told ABC that the president blundered throughout their conversation—and things went from bad to worse when Trump couldn't even remember her husband's name. Trump wasted little time in going to his Twitter account this morning, tweeting that he had indeed remembered Sgt. Johnson's name and that the conversation was "respectful."

click to enlarge U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. - U.S. ARMY
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Idaho native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl faces the possibility of life in prison as his sentencing hearing gets underway today following his plea of guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Hailey native went missing in June of 2009, and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. Bergdahl spent five years as a captive before he was freed in May of 2014 following a prisoner swap that angered members of Congress and some members of his former unit. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay. After an investigation into the circumstances of his capture, prosecutors decided to accuse Bergdahl of desertion. Just prior to what would have been the beginning of his trial, Bergdahl pleaded guilty, entering a so-called "naked plea." Making that kind of plea indicates that Bergdahl doesn't have an agreement with prosecutors about the terms of a sentence.
  • Boise Police are investigating a report of rape in a northwest Boise neighborhood and the apparent suicide of a suspect. BPD responded to the reported attack in the early morning hours of October 21 in the area of Compass Drive and Hill Road. The victim was transported to a local hospital, and the suspect, believed to have been armed, was first spotted in a vehicle near Stone Creek Way and Hill Road about three and a half hours later. The suspect drove off at a high rate of speed, but shortly thereafter the suspect's vehicle was spotted again on Stone Creek Way. When officers approached the vehicle, they found the suspect dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said the suspect was known to the victim.
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  • Ada County Elections
  • Early voting gets underway today in Ada and Canyon counties. In Ada County, election officials have set up early polling places at Boise City Hall, Meridian City Hall and the elections office on N. Benjamin Lane. Additionally, Ada County has rolled out its mobile voting booth, which will visit communities throughout the area, beginning today at the Albertsons parking lot in Kuna. In Canyon County, residents can vote early at the county elections office on Chicago Street in Caldwell. A number of city council seats are on the ballots in Ada and Canyon counties and mayoral elections are also being held in Garden City, Caldwell, Nampa, Melba, Greenleaf and Notus.
  • NPR reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing 26 ingredients to decide what counts as dietary fiber. The list includes inulin, gum acacia, bamboo fiber and retrograded corn starch. The decision-making process is getting a lot of attention as more manufacturers are adding high-processed fiber to what critics are calling junk foods.

    "Highly processed snack bars typically contain combinations of processed starch and added sugar. They're low in vitamins and minerals," Dr. David Ludwig of the Harvard School of Public Health told NPR. "Just adding isolated fiber back in [to these processed foods] does not cover up for those nutritional deficiencies."

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