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January 17, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Officials at Microsoft announced a stunner on Wednesday: Their company pledged $500 million to assist affordable housing in Seattle, where the tech giant is headquartered. Most of the money will be earmarked for increasing options for low- and middle-income workers. The Seattle Times reports that Microsoft said its plan would spur other companies to act, adding that the industry has a responsibility to help people left behind in areas transformed by the tech boom.

  • Timmy Kinner Jr., 31, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial. - IDAHO PRESS
    • Idaho Press
    • Timmy Kinner Jr., 31, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial.
    The man accused of stabbing nine people in Boise—violence which lead to the death of a 3-year-old girl—has been be found to be mentally unfit to stand trial. The Idaho Press reports that 4th District Court Judge Nancy Baskin has ordered 31-year-old Timmy Kinner Jr. committed to a state facility for up to 90 days. Baskin said Kinner was "dangerously mentally ill" and presents a "substantial risk of physical harm." Kinner will be sent to the Idaho Secure Mental Health Facility at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution.
  • Kyle Williamson-Smith, 30 - COURTESY BOISE POLICE
    • Courtesy Boise Police
    • Kyle Williamson-Smith, 30
    Boise Police said a Washington State man is their suspect in a string of retail thefts in and around of Boise. Investigators said 30-year-old Kyle Williamson-Smith of East Wenatchee, Washington, allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of items at Boise stores. He's also accused of shoplifting at stores in Northern Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Williamson-Smith is being held at a Chelan County jail in Washington, awaiting extradition to Ada County.

  • A new study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences says the planet's oceans are warming faster than ever. The research concludes that warmer waters are fueling stronger storms, hurting coral habitats and stressing fisheries.
  • People in Westbrook, Maine are being dazzled by a unusual ice circle spinning in the Presumpscot River. It was an instant sensation on social media. Take a look.
  • News came this morning out of Louisville, Kentucky, about an 87-year-old woman whose dying wish was to take a parting shot at President Trump in her obituary. After Frances Williams passed away, her family paid the Louisville Courier-Journal $1,684 to print her full obituary, which included the following: "Her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump administration." The newspaper initially edited the obituary and left out the line about Trump. But the family took to Facebook to rip the newspaper's decision. Ultimately, a columnist at the paper apologized, adding that they would either republish the obit or offer a full refund to Frances Williams' survivors.