- Bingo Barnes
- President Donald Trump sent a $4.4 trillion budget proposal to Congress on Monday; and while the plan would add nearly $7 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, The New York Times reports it would also end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which fuels PBS and NPR. Meanwhile, Trump's more immediate challenge is the revolving door at the White House—The Times reports that his staff turnover rate is 34 percent.
A deputy chief of staff moved on. A speechwriter resigned. The associate attorney general stepped down. The chief of staff offered to quit. And that was just Friday. https://t.co/W2UIAJuBl8— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 13, 2018
- Nampa Police say a woman was killed early this morning when she fell from a vehicle. KTVB reports that NPD was pursuing a vehicle just after midnight on the 1600 block of 2nd Street South when a female passenger fell out of the car and suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the car has been taken into custody while the investigation continues.
- Idaho State Information Security Director Jeff Weak says a hack of two email accounts at the Idaho Transportation Department has potentially exposed the personal information of commercial truckers registered in Idaho. ITD said the compromised information included Social Security and credit card numbers. One email account that was exposed contained an estimated 318 driver’s license numbers, 400 Social Security numbers or employee ID numbers, 999 credit card numbers and 11 bank account numbers.
- Chloe Kim, 17, is the new queen of the halfpipe. The American snowboarder dazzled a primetime television audience Monday night, becoming the latest gold medal winner at the PyeongChang Olympics. She won the event shortly after writing on her Twitter account that she hadn't finished a snack; yet she went out and achieved a nearly perfect score.
Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I'm getting hangry— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
- Don't ever mess with the law of the jungle. NPR reports that a poacher was recently eaten by lions in a South African big-game park. Police in the province of Limpopo said the animals "ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains."
- The new thriller Annihilation, starring Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, is being ripped for so-called "whitewashing." Just ahead of its Friday, Feb. 23 debut, two advocacy groups are criticizing the film because two characters, described in the original novel as being of Asian descent and half-American Indian, respectively, are played by white actors. The Hollywood Reporter says a statement from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans is accusing writer/director Alex Garland of "not being true and honest to the characters." And a spokesman for American Indians in Film and Television said, "We are not surprised by the Whack-a-Mole diversity replacement."