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January 8, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • In a prime time pitch, President Trump will speak from the Oval Office tonight in a nationally televised address, in an effort to convince more Americans that there ought to be a $5 billion wall at the U.S./Mexico border. The impasse over funding for such a wall has stretched a partial federal government shutdown into a third week. The Associated Press reports that more travelers are feeling the pinch of the shutdown as more TSA security officials are calling in sick while not being paid.
  • Newly sworn-in Gov. Brad Little delivered his first State of the State and budget address Monday before a joint session of the Idaho House and Senate. Little said he would honor his campaign pledge to implement a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid, but added that he wanted a so-called "Idaho approach" that included a path to get people off of Medicaid as soon as possible and onto a traditional health insurance plan. In his address, Little also said he was proposing an expenditure of $11.2 million to increase public teachers' starting pay to $40,000. Additionally, Little proposed $13.2 million for literacy proficiency, nearly double its current budget.
  • NBC News has a rather terrifying report on a "looming galactic collision" that will "rip open the black hole at the Milky Way's center." It's a little less scary when you consider that it will happen about 2 billion years from now. That said, scientists said the crash is now expected to occur roughly 2-3 billion years sooner than originally expected.

  • If you're thinking about going to Disneyland to de-stress a bit this year, it's going to cost you. Entertainment Weekly reports that the cheapest single-day ticket for a "low demand" day at Disneyland will now cost you triple digits—$104. Disney executives say the price hike is due to the soon-to-open Star Wars exhibit.

  • Clemson crushed Alabama last night in the NCAA college football championship, 44-16. It's Clemson's second national title in three years.
  • NBC executives say they have a plan to cut commercial time by 20 percent in prime time by 2020. Variety reports that the advertising cutback on all NBCUniversal stations will come after NBC cuts its commercial inventory in original prime time programming by 10 percent during the current season.
  • If you like as much sugar as caffeine in your morning coffee, International Delight has just unveiled a new coffee creamer, sweetened by marshmallow Peeps candy. The "candy in a cup" will be sold in 32-ounce bottles for $3.79 beginning this month.