Twin Falls

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The city of Twin Falls and Clif Bar Tuesday celebrate the opening of a new plant that will bake all flavors of the company’s signature energy bars and a line of kid’s bars. The plant is nearly 300,000 square feet and employs more than 200 people with about 60 more to be added early next year. The lowest wage is $15 an hour.

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A hospital trying to raise money for a high-tech piece of equipment to help its patients might be newsworthy. Someone who was once paralyzed and is now climbing Idaho’s tallest mountain certainly would be. Now a Twin Falls doctor who thought he’d never walk again is climbing Borah Peak Wednesday in order to raise money for a machine to help his patients learn to walk again.

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It may be difficult to find a more quintessentially #Idaho backdrop for a music video than Shoshone Falls.  

A prosecutor in south-central Idaho is refuting a widespread rumor that three young Syrian refugees raped a girl at knifepoint.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says that no gang rape involving Syrian refugees or a knife took place despite allegations currently circulating on social media and conspiracy-oriented websites.

The national YMCA has put its Twin Falls chapter on probation after finding widespread financial mismanagement at that branch.

The Times-News reports that a February assessment conducted by the national YMCA says the nonprofit organization's local board asked for help when it realized then-CEO Gary Ettenger was providing false financial information.

Ettenger stepped down in March. He could not be reached for comment.

A federal official who helps oversee refugee resettlement in the U.S. says despite an effort to do away with a program in Twin Falls, he still thinks the city is a viable option for refugees.

Authorities say a south-central Idaho man responding to a Craigslist ad offering a car for sale shot and killed one man and wounded another with an assault weapon before stealing the car.

Police say 20-year-old Jacob Lyn Marshall of Jackson was arrested Saturday evening hours after the shooting when he rammed a police car with the stolen 1991 Mitsubishi 3000 VR4.

Police also arrested 22-year-old Jerry Burton Kimball, who authorities say accompanied Marshall.

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Officers with the Twin Falls Police Department will soon begin wearing body cameras.

The Times-News reports that city officials approved applying for a federal grant on Monday to help cover the cost of buying 55 body cameras.

Police Capt. Anthony Barnhart says uniformed officers and narcotics detectives will wear cameras either attached to their uniforms or glasses.

All officers will continue wearing audio recording devices.

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An Idaho event scheduled as an alternative to West Virginia's Bridge Day is in jeopardy.

The Charleston Gazette reports some residents of Twin Falls, Idaho, have asked BASE jumpers to cancel the Idaho event after a series of BASE jumping accidents there and elsewhere last month left three people dead.

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Twin Falls has become a Mecca for BASE jumpers -  people who parachute off bridges, buildings and cliffs. The city's Perrine Bridge is one of few places where people can jump any time without paying or getting a permit. 

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BASE jumpers just want to be free. This extreme form of skydiving stands for what people leap from: Buildings and antenna, spans such as bridges, and Earth, which usually means stunningly high cliffs.

In the United States, not very many places allow it. One go-to hub is Twin Falls, Idaho, where a bridge over the Snake River offers unfettered, year-round access. But the sport is under scrutiny after 73-year-old James E. Hickey died. He set his parachute on fire in a stunt this month, and his other chute didn't deploy.

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Authorities say a 73-year-old BASE jumper who died after leaping from a southern Idaho bridge had set his parachute on fire as part of a stunt.

A graphic video of the May 7 fatal jump was posted on YouTube on Monday. It appears to show James E. Hickey of Claremont, California, engulfed in flames as he plunged 500 feet from the Perrine Bridge to his death in the Snake River.

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A slow-moving weather system in south-central Idaho that the National Weather Service is calling a 100-year storm dumped nearly 3 inches of rain on Twin Falls and caused widespread flooding.

Twin Falls City Manager Travis Rothweiler tells The Times-News that the city's drainage system on Wednesday became overwhelmed, causing flooded streets, homes and businesses.

Rothweiler says sewage backed up into seven homes in the city, and that state and federal agencies have been notified.

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Firefighters say nearly $100,000 of alfalfa went up in flames Thursday after a large stack spontaneously combusted in Twin Falls.

Rock Creek Fire District spokesman Taylor Hunsaker says the stack, which was made of 480 tons of hay, will burn for almost a week.

Craig Giles, who grew the alfalfa, says he hired a custom operator to bale it. He says the bales were stacked with enough distance between them to allow moisture and heat to escape.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating proposed sites for a national veterans cemetery in south-central Idaho.

Idaho has a State Veterans Cemetery in Boise and there are a few privately operated veterans cemeteries, but no national veterans cemeteries in Idaho.

Two years ago, the VA announced a plan to build National Veterans Burial Grounds in rural areas. Scouts were in the Twin Falls area last November looking for potential site. Magic Valley Honor Guard leader Wayne Goetz says they were looking for 3 to 5 acres of land.

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