Boise commuters woke to morning temperatures in the teens today (not so unusual for late January) and daytime highs are expected to be in the mid-40s (a bit unusual). But weather extremes are the norm across the planet today. In Australia, temperatures in the city of Adelaide have reached 116 degrees. Meanwhile, it will be colder in the U.S. Midwest today than in Antarctica, and more than 50 million people from the Dakotas to Pennsylvania are under wind chill warnings or advisories. The BBC captured some stunning images of Chicago's frozen river.
The Idaho State Journal reports that schools in the eastern Idaho communities of Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Tetonia have shut down due to a high number of flu-like illnesses. Earlier this month, schools in Twin Falls and the Canyon County town of Notus were shut down for the same reason.
Meanwhile, Idaho health officials told Boise State Public Radio that they're keeping a very close watch on the measles outbreak that has hit Washington and Oregon. "We're communicating very closely with the public health districts to make sure we're all on board and keeping an eye out for any potential cases," Idaho Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr told BSPR.
Another attempt to raise Idaho's minimum wage has been introduced at the Idaho Legislature. Rep. Sue Chew (D-Boise) is proposing that the minimum wage in the Gem State increase to $8.25 later this year, to $10 in 2020 and ultimately to $12 in 2021. The proposed measure would also require the Idaho Department of Labor to regularly adjust the minimum wage in direct proportion to the U.S. Consumer Price Index every year, beginning in 2022. The bill has yet to be scheduled for a committee hearing.
The New York Times reports that Chicago police are investigating an attack against Jussie Smollett, a star of the Fox TV show Empire, as a possible hate crime. Smollett is black and publicly came out as gay in 2015.
The music world is mourning the passing of R&B recording star James Ingram. The two-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee died of brain cancer at the age of 66. Variety says Ingram is perhaps best known for his duet with Linda Ronstadt on "Somewhere Out There" from the film An American Tail.
CBS is expecting some supersized ratings for this Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, but there will be plenty of counter-programming. The Hollywood Reporter says among the alternatives is a marathon of episodes of The Simpsons on FXX, the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet and the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel.