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March 27, 2018: What to Know

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  • President Donald Trump's Department of Commerce announced Monday that the next U.S. census will ask respondents, "Are you a U.S. citizen?" The New York Times reports that critics warn people who are in the U.S. illegally might be less likely to respond, thus resulting in an undercount of the population.
  • The Boise Police Department says its is ramping its efforts to crack down on distracted drivers. Between now and mid-April, BPD will increase traffic enforcement, dedicating a 12-man motorcycle unit and adding more overtime to focus on distracted and aggressive driving. The Office of Highway Safety shows that in 2016, there were nearly 5,000 distracted driving crashes in Idaho, resulting in 3,681 injuries and 64 deaths.

  • Frontier Airlines returns to Boise today, with nonstop service to Denver. Frontier will operate roundtrip flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The initial flight from Denver is scheduled to arrive at the Boise Airport at 4:21 p.m. The return flight to Denver will depart at 5:45 p.m. Frontier hasn't flown in and out of the Boise Airport for the past seven years.

  • The Idaho Steelheads have clinched a playoff berth for the 21st consecutive year and the team has unveiled its playoff schedule, opening with back-to-back games at CenturyLink Arena on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. The Steelies don't yet know who their opponent will be in the best-of-seven Mountain Division semifinal series, but tickets are already on sale.

  • Roseanne Barr returns to network television tonight for the first time in more than two decades. The Hollywood Reporter says in tonight's premiere episode, Roseanne's alter ego is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump while sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is a staunch liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton.
  • The always-provocative Sean Penn appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and anyone expecting Penn to be a bit wild-eyed weren't disappointed. At one point, Penn lit up a cigarette, and when Colbert reminded him that it was forbidden to smoke in the studio, Penn said, "This is job security for oncologists." Then, Penn told Colbert that he was still a little high from an Ambien that he had popped on a red-eye flight from California. Colbert asked, "How do you tell Sean-Penn-on-Ambien from Sean-Penn-NOT-on Ambien?" Entertainment Weekly reports that Penn was on the Colbert Show not to promote a new film, but a new book he penned: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: A Novel.