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March 13, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Fifty people, including actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused in a scheme to buy spots at Stanford, Yale and other competitive universities in what federal prosecutors call "the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice." The Mercury News reports that at athletic coach at Stanford has already pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and falsely portraying would-be students as competitive athletes.
  • Kuna voters have approved a renewal of a $2.5 million, two-year levy to help pay for textbooks, computers and 20 additional educators. Bonds/levies will also approved by voters in the Vallivue, Wilder and New Plymouth school districts. But voters in the Payette Joint School District rejected a $30.9 million bond. The initiative lost by 14 votes.
  • The Boise State women's basketball team was victorious Tuesday night, defeating Fresno State 89-77 in the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. The Lady Broncos will take on Wyoming in the championship game, which tips off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to announce today that his state will place a moratorium on executions. The Sacramento Bee reports that the change will grant a temporary reprieve for 737 inmates on the largest death row in the Western hemisphere.
  • The New York Times reports that President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced today for conspiracy.

  • The head of NASA doesn't know exactly when it may happen, but he told NPR's Science Friday program that it's "likely" that the first person on Mars will be a woman.

  • The BBC has a bizarre story from rural France, where a group of chickens reportedly ganged up and killed a fox. The Gros-Chene farm in Brittany is home to about 6,000 free-range chickens.