September 26, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a swing Republican vote in the possible confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, says, "We are now in a place where it's not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified. It's about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed." The New York Times reports that Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor specializing in sex crimes, will question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27.
  • Nampa police are looking for the public's help in their investigation of an overnight shooting. NPD confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was killed in a shooting near 11th and Powell avenues just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. No word yet on his identity. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Nampa Police at 208-465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.

  • The Meridian City Council voted four to two on Tuesday night to approve an Add the Words ordinance, codifying anti-discrimination rules on sexual orientation and gender identity. Councilmen Treg Bernt and Ty Palmer voted in opposition. The Idaho Press reports that the vote vote came after three hours of emotional public testimony.

  • The Federal Reserve will meet later today, and ABC News reports that the board is expected to raise interest rates for the third time this year. The Fed's key short-term interest rate—a benchmark for most consumer and business loans—currently hovers between 1.75 and 2 percent, after two quarter-point increases in March and June.

  • CNBC reports that the Dunkin' brand is ditching the word "Donuts," a big change for the massive coffee chain. The new branding is due to roll out in January.

  • A new report indicates that Chick-fil-A "makes more per restaurant" per year than McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway Combined. The profit margins are more impressive when you consider Chick-fil-A franchises are closed on Sundays. Entrepreneur magazine reports that an average Chick-fil-A location made more than $4 million in 2017. Compare that to McDonald's ($2.6 million), Starbucks ($945K) and Subway ($416K).
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