Idaho Falls prepares for the eclipse

In this Aug. 31, 1932, file photo, eclipse watchers squint through protective film as they view a partial eclipse of the sun from the top deck of New York's Empire State Building in New York. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the total solar eclipse that will be visible coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo, File)

Hundreds of people from across eastern Idaho crowded into the Civic Auditorium on Wednesday night to learn more about Idaho Falls’ plans for the upcoming eclipse.

INL hosts summer school

Lab space coordinator Kurt Davis speaks to students about work done in the High Temperature Test Laboratory at Idaho National Laboratory’s Idaho Falls campus on Tuesday afternoon. The students are visiting INL for the annual Modeling, Experimentation and Validation Summer School. Taylor Carpenter /

A group of visitors stood inside an Idaho National Laboratory facility Tuesday while lights flashed across a string of monitors and alarms warned of a reactor fault.

By a hair, Senate votes to debate GOP health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care law. The vote gives President Donald Trump and GOP leaders a crucial initial victory but launches a weeklong debate promising an uncertain final outcome.



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