Topic: Spring Valley
Senator arrested: Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith tried to pay off some of New York City's Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a Republican candidate, federal authorities said.
The west is having one of the worst wildfire seasons in decades. So far 6.4 million acres have burned, and on Wednesday Idaho residents were evacuated to avoid another massive wildfire.
Announcing the winners of the Monitor's 12th annual Young Poets Contest.