The U.S. Senate voted this morning to close debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The 51-49 vote, largely along party lines, clears the way for a final vote on the nominee, which could take place as early as Saturday, Oct. 6. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted to close debate, but indicated that did not necessarily mean she would vote later to confirm Kavanaugh. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) broke ranks with other Republicans by voting to continue debate, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) broke ranks with Democrats by voting to end it.
In Boise, a demonstration against the nomination and confirmation of Kavanaugh will take place at Boise City Hall today at 5:30 p.m.
People with non-African ancestry carry approximately 1-2 percent Neanderthal DNA, and according to a science report from The New York Times, that non-Homo Sapien genetic material has been a double-edged sword. Modern humans interbred with Neanderthals for generations after migrating from sub-Saharan Africa tens of thousands of years ago, and while in the short term, that contact may have depressed fertility rates or exposed early humans to diseases, including an early form of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), some of those genes have provided limited resistance to diseases, particularly viruses like human papilloma virus (HPV) and herpes simplex. "It's like they brought the knife, but they also brought the shield," said Stanford University evolutionary biologist Dr. Dmitri Petrov, who was involved with the study.
The U.S. jobless rate has dropped to its lowest point since 1969, National Public Radio reports. At 3.7 percent, it's the lowest the unemployment rate has been in nearly 50 years, while average earnings have risen 8 cents. The economy is closing in on eight straight years of job growth.
On Monday, Oct. 8, the City of Boise Planning & Zoning Commission will consider an appeal by the Blue Valley Tenant Association of a 77,000-square-foot trucking terminal, office, maintenance outbuilding and fuel station on a 13.3-acre site near the Boise Airport. The tenants, who live adjacent to the proposed facility, appealed the P&Z decision to move forward on grounds that the developer had not conducted proper air quality analyses on the fuel station, and that the site would generate considerable noise that would disrupt the neighborhood. Thus far, City officials have determined that the P&Z commission complied with local ordinances when it approved the facility, but critics say the facility could displace low-income housing.