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The total solar eclipse set to pass through Idaho on August 21 is conflicting with school schedules throughout the state. Educators are trying to determine if they should cancel classes, have a regular school day or, in some cases, move the first day of school.

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Part of the Trump Administration’s travel ban upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court has put a 120 day freeze on admitting refugees to the country. In spite of the ban, a refugee center in the Magic Valley doesn’t anticipate much impact.

Unlike the blanket ban on refugees announced in January, the revised one upheld in a June 26 Supreme Court ruling allows some refugees who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” to enter the country.

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An Idaho college is moving forward with plans to purchase a geothermal aquifer that can provide heat to most of its campus.

The Times-News reports a resolution passed Tuesday will allow the College of Southern Idaho to finalize the $2.4 million purchase of Pristine Springs, a geothermal aquifer north of Twin Falls. Legislators have set aside $1.2 million this year for the purchase. The college will cover the other $1.2 million.

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The College of Southern Idaho is launching a pilot program next school year allowing high school students to take college science classes for free.

Dubbed the “Dual Credit General Education Academy,” twenty-five students from across the Magic Valley will be able to take all of their gen-ed courses in the two year program.

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New federal standards mean that children from low-income families will spend more time in Head Start preschool classes.

The Times-News reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new performance standards last week that are designed to improve the Head Start program. Under the new guidelines, Head Start will provide center-xollbased services four days a week instead of the two it offered before.

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Students from foreign countries continue to be attracted to the College of Southern Idaho, even as international student enrollment declines at colleges across the country.

The Times-News reports CSI has consistently enrolled 61 international students despite funding cuts to government-sponsored programs that allow foreign students to study in the U.S. CSI spokesman Keith Quatraro says those students often come from Saudi Arabia, Canada and Germany.

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A campaign is under way in Twin Falls County to ban refugee centers. The city of Twin Falls is home to the College of Southern Idaho's resettlement program, which has been around for 30 years. The group behind the campaign argues refugee centers are a public nuisance. Some supporters are worried about dangerous refugees moving to the area. 

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A former College of Southern Idaho vice president, who claims she was discriminated against based on her gender and national origin, is suing the college.

The Times-News reports that Edit Szanto filed the suit in U.S. District Court last week against the school's board of trustees, President Jeff Fox and former interim president Curtis Eaton.

Szanto worked at the college for 17 years and was put on involuntary paid leave in January 2014. Szanto claims she was the victim of discrimination because she is a woman and an immigrant.

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Conservative activists are calling for the College of Southern Idaho to remove its refugee program following concerns over the influx of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in south-central Idaho later this fall.

The Times-News reports that the group formed after college officials announced in April that 300 refugees were expected to resettle in Idaho at the start of the new federal fiscal year. Many of the refugees will possibly come from Syria, leading some community members to speculate they could be radical Muslims.

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You eat it all the time, but how much do you really know about chocolate? One Moscow woman is working to educate Idahoans about this fascinating food and will host a seminar on the subject Wednesday night in Twin Falls.

Chocolate has been used as a form of currency, medicine - even an aphrodisiac. The average American eats 12 pounds of it a year, yet Dr. Lauren Fins says many of us know little about its hundreds of years of history.

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If you wake up early and the skies are clear this week, a comet named ISON should be visible through binoculars over the southeastern horizon.

Astronomy websites have hyped the passage of this comet as the best in more than a decade. But a lot depends on a close encounter with the sun next week.

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls has named the finalists in its search for a new president.

The presidential search committee on Tuesday forwarded the names of three finalists to the Board of Trustees: Daniel J. Bingham, D. Ryan Carstens and Jeff Fox.

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to create a new degree program in food processing management.  

It’s part of $474.5 million awarded to community colleges nationally to expand demand-driven skills. The CSI program was the only Idaho grant in this round of a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, which will eventually give out $2 billion.

The U.S. Department of Education says the new CSI degree will meet the needs of the area’s major employers.