October 30, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • With one week until Election Day, the hotly contested midterm elections are in the home stretch. Early voting will continue today in a number of Idaho counties. In Ada County, election officials say more than 23,000 residents have cast an in-person early ballot and another 29,000 have requested absentee ballots. Ada County voters will once again be able to vote early today at the election office on N. Benjamin Lane, and at both Boise and Meridian city halls. Additionally, the Ada County mobile voting unit will be in east Boise today where it will be parked near the Micron headquarters on Federal Way.

  • Meanwhile, outgoing Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced early today that he would endorse Proposition 2, the statewide ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of people who currently fall into the state's healthcare gap. Otter's endorsement comes one day after gubernatorial hopeful and current Lieutenant Governor Brad Little's refusal to say how he would vote on Proposition 2 in a debate televised by KTVB-TV.

  • Pundits are expecting a robust turnout across the nation next Tuesday, a rarity for a midterm election. And just in case lines at the polling places get a bit too long, one nonprofit has an idea to keep voters in those lines. Food & Wine magazine reports that when people report a long line at polling places, they can reach out to an organization called Pizza to the Polls that will then reach out to a nearby pizza place to have some pizza sent to that poll. One big catch: Those reporting long lines need to share visual evidence via Twitter or Instagram.

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    click to enlarge LEX NELSON
    • Lex Nelson
    oise Police cordoned off Capitol Boulevard between Front and Main streets this morning due a geothermal leak below the pavement. Morning commuters were being rerouted from the downtown core. No word yet on how long repairs might take.
  • There's a depressing report out this morning from The United Nation's World Health Organization. It estimates that nearly 2 billion children—that's about 93 percent of the world's children under the age of 15—breathe air so toxic that it puts their health and well-being at serious risk. The WHO estimates that about 600,000 children died in 2016 from lower respiratory infections caused by dirty air.

  • Time magazine reports that high winds and an exceptional high tide have put nearly 75 percent of Venice under water. The water has risen over the raised walkways that usually allow Venice residents and visitors navigate around the city.

  • While Boston Red Sox fans continue to nurse their hangovers in the wake of the Bosox's World Series championship win, executives at FOX television aren't celebrating the just-completed Fall Classic. Variety reports that this year's TV ratings for the World Series dropped 23 percent when compared to last year.

  • Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is the latest celebrity to get entangled in a Halloween costume controversy. White posted a photo of himself at a Halloween party where he is dressed up as a mentally handicapped character from the film Tropic Thunder. The Hollywood Reporter says the co-founder of the Special Olympics issued a statement, saying the organization was "truly disappointed" in the Olympian. White, meanwhile issued a formal apology to Special Olympics, but not before his photo went viral.
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