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March 11, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Shares of Boeing stock opened sharply lower on the New York Stock Exchange this morning in the shadow of the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months. CNN reports that all 157 people on board were killed when when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Indonesia on Sunday. Officials said the plane was brand-new.
  • The Idaho House Education Committee is scheduled to hear a proposal this morning that could dramatically rewrite how Idaho funds public schools. For a quarter-century, Idaho K-12 spending plans have used an attendance-based funding formula. A new proposal, slated to be unveiled at the Statehouse today, would instead propose an enrollment-based model. Simply put, the money would follow the student. IdahoEdNews says the measure is three years in the making, the product of a legislative interim committee. All that said, the bill isn't really expected to pass through the entire legislature this session as most lawmakers are looking to adjourn for the year by the end of this month.

  • Scientists are preparing for what they say will be the first live video broadcast from deep below an ocean's surface. The Associated Press reports that the transmission will come from a submersible in the Indian Ocean, which will send send images to a satellite transmitter and then back down to Earth.
  • Beginning July 2021, U.S. citizens will need specific approval from the European Travel Information and Authorization System to visit 26 countries in the European Union for up to three months for the purpose of business or tourism. Forbes says the list of countries includes most of western Europe with the exception of the U.K. and Ireland.
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    No one won the $414 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday. That means this Wednesday's drawing could be worth close to $450 million. It's the largest Powerball jackpot of the year, so far, and the 11th-largest on record. The odds of winning? One in 292 million.
  • Captain Marvel had the year's best opening performance at the weekend box office, selling $153 million in tickets in U.S. theaters. More importantly, the film was the most successful global opening for any female-led movie. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel fans got a bit of a surprise Saturday night when the film's star, Brie Larson, showed up behind a concession stand to hand out some snacks. "I just heard my photo was on the cups and popcorn, and I wanted to see for myself," she said.