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March 12, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Airlines in Australia and Singapore joined China and Indonesia this morning in suspending all use of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, two days after 157 people were killed when one of the jets, flown by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed in Indonesia. As of this morning, American and Southwest, the only U.S. airlines that use the 737 Max 8, said they'll continue to fly the plane.

  • Voters in school districts across Idaho are going to the polls today to decide the fate of a long list of school bonds and supplemental levies. In Ada County, voters in Kuna are being asked to approve a $2.5 million, two-year supplemental levy to address overcrowded classrooms. In Canon County, a massive $65.3 million bond is before voters in the Vallivue School District. Officials say the district desperately needs to build a new middle school there. And in Payette County, a series of general obligation bonds totaling $30.9 million is being decided by voters in the Payette Joint School District. Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

  • The Boise State women's basketball team beat Nevada on Monday in the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. The Lady Broncos now move on to the tournament semifinals where they'll face Fresno State this evening. There's good reason for optimism: Boise State has beat Fresno State in each of their past six match-ups.
  • Spring breakers should take note that the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a travel advisory for two popular island destinations: the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Officials report an uptick in "violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assault."
  • The BBC reports that scientists have found evidence of a huge blast of radiation from the sun. But don't get overly worried, the blast hit Earth more than 2,000 years ago.

  • Having trouble communicating with friends or family on the East Coast this morning? USA Today reports that Verizon has confirmed a texting outage that hit its customers on the eastern seaboard.
  • The personal finance website WalletHub is out with its annual ranking of the happiest cities in America, measuring things like income-growth rate and average leisure time. Plano, Texas is at the top of the list, followed by Irvine, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and Fremont, California. Not one city in the northwest made the top 20. Topping the list of the Unhappiest Cities in America was Detroit, Michigan, followed by Toledo, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; and Birmingham, Alabama.