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June 27, 2018: What to Know


  • Seven states held primaries on Tuesday, resulting in some dramatic news on both sides of the political aisle. In Utah, former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney easily won the GOP primary in his effort to replace Utah's outgoing U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. Perhaps the biggest piece of news came from New York, where political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-New York), who was once considered a Democratic party leader. Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Idaho Legislature
  • Marv Hagedorn
  • Sen. Marv Hagedorn, who served six years in the Idaho House and another six years in the Idaho Senate, has been been named by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to be the new administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. Hagedorn, who will resign his Senate seat in the next few weeks, will assume his new post on Monday, July 30. Hagedorn served in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1994. In a prepared statement, he said, "“I’m grateful for this chance to help ensure the appreciation we feel for our military veterans is manifested every day in our state policies, programs and priorities. I look forward to working in this new capacity with all the great veterans’ organizations throughout Idaho.”

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count data book this morning, and it revealed that Idaho ranks last in the nation for early childhood education participation. Idaho is one of only six states that doesn't invest in statewide pre-K or school-readiness programs. According to Kids Count, 68 percent of Idaho's 3- and 4-year-olds are not attending preschool. Plus, only one in four children whose families have incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level is enrolled in pre-K.
  • There has been plenty of excitement at the World Cup soccer tournament, including yesterday's big win by Argentina, which squeaked past Nigeria 2-1. But says nothing matches the drama of Egypt's 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on June 25. In fact, respected Egyptian TV commentator Abdel Rahim Mohamed, who said he felt "affected by the poor performance" of his nation's team, died of a heart attack shortly after the game.

  • NBC News anchor Lester Holt visited some unique homes away from home on Tuesday night's broadcast of NBC Nightly News. In fact, some of the treehouses he highlighted cost as much as a real home.