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March 12, 2018: What to Know


  • President Donald Trump is backing away from his original call for increasing the minimum age for buying firearms from 18 to 21 years old. Instead, The Hill reports the White House is proposing that schools be "hardened," with assistance given to states that allow teachers to be armed. Trump took to Twitter this morning to argue that there wasn't much "political support" to increase the age limit for purchasing guns.
  • Boise Police

  • Boise Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into utility poles Saturday night, causing Capitol Boulevard to be shut down in both directions while crews repaired the lines. The suspect was driving a dark-colored, four-door Chevy pickup. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
  • Thousands of basketball fans from across the U.S. are making last-minute plans to travel to Boise over the next few days in anticipation of the first round of the NCAA tournament, which will return to Taco Bell Arena this week for the first time in nearly a decade. The NCAA unveiled its March Madness bracket Sunday night, revealing the eight universities which will be playing in Boise beginning Thursday, March 15: Arizona, Buffalo, Davidson, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Ohio State, South Dakota State and UNC Greensboro. All eight teams are expected to arrive in Boise by Tuesday evening. Practice sessions scheduled for Wednesday at Taco Bell Arena will be free to the public, and the tournament gets underway in front of a nationally televised audience beginning Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Church of Scientology will launch its own television network this evening. says the network will feature series named Meet a Scientologist, Voices for Humanity and L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice. The broadcast will be available on DirecTV and several streaming platforms including Apple, Roku and Amazon Fire.
  • The iconic French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy died Saturday, March 10, at his Paris chateau, according to The New York Times. Givenchy dressed Audrey Hepburn, as well as Jackie Kennedy during her White House years. The Times called Givenchy a "pillar of romantic elegance in fashion." He was 91.

  • The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom reports the amount of salt and sugar in popular McDonald's products has "rocketed" in the last thirty years. After comparing current nutritional data with 1989, The Sun says sugar has nearly tripled in Big Macs and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Meanwhile, calories have increased nearly 43 percent in french fries, and more than 25 percent in vanilla milkshakes. A McDonald's spokeswoman said, "For more than 30 years we have provided clear nutritional information at point of sale and on tray liners."