September 25, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Brett Kavanaugh took his fight to become a Supreme Court justice to prime time television Monday evening, an extraordinary event for a nominee to the high court. Appearing with his wife on FOX News, Kavanaugh insisted that he was the target of "smears" from women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are each scheduled to testify this Thursday, Sept. 27, before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    Overruling a Trump White House order, a federal judge in Montana on Monday reinstated legal protections for grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park and blocked planned hunts in Idaho and Wyoming. "The grizzly is a big part of why the Yellowstone region remains among our nation's last great wild places," said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso, who argued the case. "This is a victory for the bears and for people from all walks of life who come to this region to see the grizzly in its natural place in the world."

  • The world's most-used weedkiller, manufactured by Monsanto, is doing serious damage to honeybees according to new research. The Guardian reports that research from the University of Texas indicates that the glyphosate herbicide is damaging the good bacteria in "honeybee guts," making the bees more prone to deadly infections. Other research, published in July, revealed that honeybee larvae grew more slowly and died more often when exposed to glyphosate.
  • Today is National Voter Registration Day, a reminder for every voter to verify their registration in preparation for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election. The Idaho Secretary of State's office reminds Idahoans that they can now register to vote or update their information online at Voters can also register by mail or in person at their local county clerk's office. Additionally, Idaho offers same-day voter registration.
  • USA Today reports that Congress is considering ordering the FAA to establish minimum airline seat sizes, revisit the size and number of airplane lavatories onboard and establish new standards for allowing service animals to fly with their human owners.

  • Facing increased competition from YouTube, Facebook and Apple, Amazon and Netflix are poised to nearly double the original content on their respective streaming platforms. The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix has more than 250 new programs planned while Amazon has committed to 105 new originals.
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