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A second former employee of Chobani has accused the yogurt company of age discrimination.

The Times-News reports Virginia Tucker, who worked as a maintenance technician at the Twin Falls yogurt plant from January 2013 until she was fired in June 2015, filed a suit Monday in federal court.

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Officials in southwestern Idaho say a high school football field that had construction delays will be ready for Friday's home opener.

The West Ada School District tells the Idaho Statesman that the $600,000 field at Eagle High School will be ready for the team's game against defending state champion Mountain View.

A company called Sprinturf delayed installing artificial turf amid concerns the gravel base supporting the field was too soft.

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A Nampa man is out more than $20,000 after he set up an epic solar eclipse festival that an underwhelming amount of people showed up to.

KIVI-TV reported Tuesday that Jeff Webb's eclipse festival in Cascade was complete with campsites, shuttles for parking, eight live bands, portable toilets and food for thousands of people. Webb spent nearly $7,000 on portable toilets alone.

But to his surprise, only a few dozen eclipse enthusiasts showed up.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has made his first official visit to Idaho as sitting speaker to host a GOP joint fundraiser.

Ryan's brief appearance in downtown Boise on Tuesday included a $10,000-per-person VIP roundtable discussion, a $5,000-per-person photo opportunity and a $2,500-per-person or $1,000-per-person luncheon. Idaho's top Republican officials were in attendance, including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker.

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Employees at a state-run treatment center in Idaho discovered a male resident dead in his bed.

Police at first thought the Sunday death at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center may have been a homicide, but they now are investigating it as a suspicious death, Nampa Police Department Lt. Eric Skoglund said.

Skoglund declined to provide details about the investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, the Idaho Statesman reported.

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Micron Technology

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.

Researchers at the facility will design 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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