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August 8, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Southwest Idaho will return to the triple digits today, but the National Weather Service office in Boise says the hazy smoke coming into the region from Oregon and California will actually "keep temperatures from reaching their fullest potential." Boise will remain above 100 degrees through Friday evening, when the Treasure Valley is expected to get some relief. Saturday's high in Boise is expected to be 91 degrees.

  • The New York Times says a special election to fill a U.S. House seat in Ohio is still too close to call. Republican Troy Balderson holds a slim lead, but as of sunrise, there were still thousands of absentee and provisional ballots left to be counted.

  • Another major American university has been rocked by scandal. CNN reports that the president of the University of Southern California resigned Tuesday in the wake of a former campus gynecologist being accused of sexual misconduct. A former USC board member has been named interim president while a search for a permanent replacement continues.

  • NPR reports that hundreds of bikes have been dumped at a recycling center in Dallas, Texas. Most of them are from the dockless bike-share company Ofo, which left the city after a brief but contentious presence in Dallas. Ofo is one of three bike-share companies that have departed from the Dallas market since June, when the city council approved regulations requiring companies to get permits and pay the city per-bike or per-scooter. The City of Boise is currently mulling its own set of rules as Ofo and other dockless bike share companies eye Boise as their next potential market.

  • Business Insider reports that Heineken is betting on a new brew with THC as a key ingredient. Lagunitas, described as a "hoppy sparkling water," is already Heineken's fastest-growing product in California.

  • With another NFL season right around the corner, training camps are intensifying for each of the league's teams. And ESPN says a growing number of the meals being served to some of the planet's toughest athletes are now meat-free. In fact, at the Tennessee Titans camp, ESPN reported vegan meals are all the rage, and 15 percent of the team's players have converted to vegan diets.