October 10, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Days after it was learned that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Donald Trump a "moron" in a meeting of top White House officials, Forbes reported Tuesday that that Trump insisted that he has a higher IQ than the Secretary of State. "I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests," Trump told Forbes. "And I can tell you who is going to win." Trump added, "I am having fun. I'm enjoying it. We're accomplishing a lot."

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  • Ryan Johnson
  • Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt, Trump's head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected today to sign a proposal to repeal an Obama-era policy designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The New York Times reports the reversal is part of Trump's vow to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement. The Times also reports coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants are responsible for about one-third of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. When the Clean Power Plan was unveiled in 2015, it was expected to cut power sector emissions 32 percent by 2030, relative to 2005. While many states are already shifting away from coal power for economic reasons, experts say scrapping the rule could slow that transition.
  • Idaho State Police are investigating a bad single-vehicle crash on Idaho State Highway 44 north of Gardena. ISP said a 2015 Honda Pilot was travelling northbound when the vehicle drifted off the west side of the highway, sliding 120 feet down an embankment. The driver and passenger in the car were both transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Boise. There is no word yet on their conditions.

  • The Ada County Sheriff's Office says an hours-long standoff on the outskirts of Kuna resolved peacefully. KTVB reports law enforcement set up a perimeter around a home on the 8800 block of South Greenhurst Road. Eventually, a male suspect walked out of the home and the residents, including three children, were fine.

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    The Boise School Board voted Monday night to revise its school calendar, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Following a robust community conversation regarding the possibility of starting the school year as early as Aug. 15, the board ultimately approved a plan to move the start date to Aug. 20, a few days before the district's traditional launch. The plan is to also wrap up the semester by the Christmas break. District officials said stretching end-of-semester exams to January was counterproductive. The board voted unanimously Monday night to approve the revision.

  • In the major league baseball playoffs, The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers won their division playoffs Monday, while the New York Yankees forced a one-and-done Game 5 in their playoff series against the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago Cubs are one game up over the Washington Nationals, and a win away from taking their division. Diehard Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray was at Wrigley Field Monday and even led fans in a chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • Folks who tuned in to Monday Night Football got a fresh peek into the upcoming installment in the sci-fi series, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it wasn't long before the trailer appeared online. In it, fans got to see sequel trilogy protagonist Rey training with Luke Skywalker, who issued dire, emotional warnings to his new mentee; Kylo Ren on the verge of firing on a spaceship captained by his mother, Leia; and a close-up of Supreme Leader Snoke, the antagonist of the series.

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