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An Idaho tech company's chief executive officer says the company's new facility in Boise will allow it to expand its research and development.

The Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday that Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra called the facility the largest semiconductor research center for memory technology in the Western Hemisphere.

The facility will design memory products to help drive cars, improve cloud data-processing and possibly even cure cancer.

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Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in July.

The Idaho Department of Labor in a news release Friday says that's the lowest level for the state since mid-2008.

The agency says nonfarm jobs grew by 4,300 with the trade, transportation and utilities sectors accounting for about 1,700 of those jobs.

Total employment in the state climbed to nearly 794,000 during the month.

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More than 110 U.S. Postal Service offices are offering special postmarks for Monday's total solar eclipse.

The post offices are in or near the path of the full eclipse, which cuts across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $955,000 to 14 health centers in Idaho.

According to the agency, the federal funding will help improve the quality of health care. It will also be used to boost the effectiveness of care the centers deliver to their communities.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a prepared statement on Tuesday that Americans deserve an affordable and accessible health care system and supporting health centers helps achieve that goal.

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Canyon County saw a record number of involuntary mental hold cases in July.

There were 123 such cases, a monthly record, according to the county's director of indigent services, Yvonne Baker, the Idaho Press Tribune reported.

The county also set a record for payments related to those mental holds in the past few weeks, sending out checks totaling $153,000, Controller Zach Wagoner said.

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Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler will retire from his post as commanding officer of the Idaho National Guard at the end of October after a 45-year career in the military.

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A southwestern Idaho man whose fringe run for Idaho governor resulted in a Republican primary debate that drew national attention has been rescued near a wildfire in northern Idaho, but his wife has been found dead.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office tells the Idaho Statesman that it's investigating following the rescue of 79-year-old Walt Bayes of Emmett on Tuesday.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office says they are a little behind on conducting interviews for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court due to the Republican governor's recent back surgeries.

Justice Daniel Eismann announced earlier this year he will retire from the state's highest court at the end of August. The Idaho Judicial Council has since sent the governor's office four candidates to consider as a replacement, but Otter has not yet been able to make a selection.

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Officials with Idaho's welfare agency say six employees no longer are employed at a treatment center for people with severe disabilities after investigating allegations of staffers physically and psychologically abusing residents.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has sent record requests to Republican attorneys general in 10 states and Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter looking for any communication with the federal government about a program that benefits young immigrants living in the country illegally.

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An Idaho judge has ordered two teenagers to undergo psychological evaluations to determine whether or not they are competent to stand trial in connection to the shooting death of a man they were camping with.

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A black bear attacked a man jogging near Priest Lake in northern Idaho in what is the second bear attack in the popular recreation area in a month.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the man sustained lacerations to his lower leg in the Monday afternoon attack but wasn't taken to a hospital.

Officials say the man tried to scare off the bear and then fell to the ground when it attacked, driving it off with a kick.

Trackers with dogs failed to locate the bear in the Panhandle National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service closed the area overnight.

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State officials say a bat has tested positive for rabies in southeastern Idaho and area residents should take precautions.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health in a statement Monday says the bat was found in rural Bingham County.

Officials say this is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Idaho this year.

Last year, about 20 bats tested positive for rabies in the state.

Rabies is a viral illness that can be fatal in humans and other animals.

Officials say never touch bats, and be suspicious of bat activity during daylight hours.

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Idaho Republican candidates running for the state's top elected seat in 2018 are already collecting big contributions, even though the primary election is still 10 months away.

Boise businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist raised more than $952,000 since March — with roughly $378,000 coming from Ahlquist. Ahlquist's campaign says it's the most mid-year fundraising total for a governor's race in Idaho history.

However, Ahlquist's opponents have also been busy attracting support across the state.

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The U.S. government lifted protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region on Monday, though it will be up to the courts to decide whether the revered and fearsome icon of the West stays off the threatened species list.

More than a month after announcing grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park are no longer threatened, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially handed over management of the approximately 700 bears living across 19,000 square miles (49,210 sq. kilometers) in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to wildlife officials in those states.

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