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Nov. 6, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • The small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, remains in shock Monday morning, one day after a gunman with a military-style rifle shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20 more in a local church. The suspect, 26-year-old Devin Kelley, had served in the U.S. Air Force but was court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and child. The Washington Post reports that the suspect used a Ruger assault-style rifle before he came under fire and fled in a car. The vehicle eventually ran off the roadway, and authorities say Kelley died of gunshot wounds and may have taken his own life.
  • Boise Police are investigating a reported armed robbery near Boise State University in the late night hours of November 4. The victim told police that a male suspect displayed a knife and made off with undisclosed property. The location of the incident was the east side of Broadway Avenue near the Boise River. The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. He is about 5' 10" tall, approximately 185 pounds and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
  • In the run-up to Tuesday's General Election, early voting wrapped up November 3 and Ada County election officials report a modest number of voters chose to cast their ballots early. Approximately 3,300 ballots were cast at early voting locations and about 1,400 absentee ballots had been returned by November 3. Traditional polling places will be open Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the City of Boise, voters will decide three seats on the City Council. A total of thirteen men and woman are vying for the chance to serve. You can check out Boise Weekly's voter guide by clicking here.

  • The Idaho Democratic Party has hired Elle Casner to serve as its new Executive Director. Casner has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the state party since 2015. She is a Boise native and formerly served as the Deputy Finance Director for A.J. Balukoff's unsuccessful run for governor in 2014. Just last week, Balukoff announced that he would once again be running as a Democrat in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
  • In Sunday's New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the women's portion of the event since 1977. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men's race.
  • The 2017 Hollywood Film Awards were handed out Sunday night, unofficially kicking off the award season. Among the honorees were Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and the films The Big Sick and I, Tonya. But the highlight of the evening came when Kate Winslet, while thanking the gathering for her award, turned her attention to Allison Janney. "Allison, I know I don't really know you, but I just want to be you. I do. Or just stroke you or something. I mean, we could always kiss, maybe." Janney rushed to the stage as Winslett said, "Oh, it's gonna happen." And indeed it did. "Now I'm a little bit breathless," said Winslett, before walking from the podium.