10 things to know today: A win for Garth Brooks

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1. A NEW REVEAL FROM A DIPLOMAT AS IMPEACHMENT GOES PUBLIC

Democrats say the public session in the House revealed a striking account of Donald Trump abusing his office, something Republicans say the hearing showed none of.

2. WHAT’S NEXT IN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS

Several more witnesses are expected to say they too worried about Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country.

3. SHAKY CEASE-FIRE INTERRUPTED BY ROCKET SALVO

Gaza militants fire a barrage of rockets into Israel, hours after a cease-fire was declared to end two days of intense fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad group.

4. CALIFORNIA BLACKOUTS SEEMINGLY HERE TO STAY

Most experts say that even under the best scenarios, the fires and widespread power shutoffs will be here for years to come and Californians will pay higher prices for less reliable energy.

5. WHY IRAQI OIL RICHES DON’T TRICKLE DOWN

Analysts and officials say bloated public sector budgets to maintain political patronage networks are to blame for everyday people not seeing the fruits of this wealth.

6. WHO HAS BACKING IN BOLIVIA

Jeanine Añez, who has claimed the interim presidency, seems to have the backing of the police, the military and the Roman Catholic Church. But supporters of the ousted Evo Morales are not backing down as clashes continue.

7. TRUMP TRYING TO SWAY TIGHT LOUISIANA RACE

Though the president won the deep red state by 20 percentage points, the governor’s race has reached its final days ahead of Saturday’s election as a tossup.

8. HOW TANKERS ARE AVOIDING DETECTION

Experts say some oil tankers are ignoring international rules on reporting their location so they can illicitly transport petroleum for Venezuela in violation of international sanctions.

9. GARTH BROOKS SHINES AT CMAS

The “Friends in Low Places” singer wins the top prize over Carrie Underwood, who many had hoped would be the first female to win entertainer of the year since 2011.

10. CENSUS CONCERNS IN NEW MEXICO

New Mexico state officials want to spend an additional $8 million to ensure residents are not left out of the 2020 Census.

Population-studies expert Robert Rhatigan of the University of New Mexico told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that state finance and workforce officials still fear an undercount that could reduce federal spending in New Mexico by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lawmakers this year set aside $3.4 million to help counties, public schools and Native American communities encourage participation in the federal population survey. An additional $8 million is now being sought for the effort by the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Remote desert communities and gaps in communications infrastructure make New Mexico one of the hardest states to accurately survey for population changes.

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