Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo reintroducing legislation to combat robocalls
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-26-2021 at 07:06 AM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Republican Sen. of Idaho Mike Crapo and Democratic senator of Minnesota Amy Klobuchar are taking steps to cut down on scammers using robocalls to defraud consumers.

They are doing this by reintroducing legislation known as the data analytics robocall technology act. This legislation will establish a pilot program to expand the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing attempts to combat unwanted computerized calls.

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Community food distribution to take place on Saturday
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-25-2021 at 06:53 PM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Residents are invited to a USDA community food distribution on Saturday, Feb. 27. at the Twin Falls County West Building.

The community food distribution is a collaboration between The Mustard Seed, Idaho Food Bank, Chobani, Clif Bar, and the Twin Falls County Commissioners. The food distribution begins at 10:00 a.m. outside of the County West Building.

Each car will get two boxes of food.

You do not have to live in Twin Falls to come to the giveaway.

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Fed glitch shuts down wire transfers, direct deposits, other services
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-25-2021 at 07:31 AM

Federal Reserve electronic systems that enable US banks to send each other electronic payments experienced a massive outage on Wednesday afternoon. A Fed statement attributed the outage to an "operational error" but didn't provide much more detail.

The Federal Reserve System acts as America's central bank, and it controls much of the plumbing of the US financial system.

The automated clearing house (ACH) system is used for paychecks, bill payments, and other small and medium-sized transactions across the economy. The Check 21 system is used for clearing paper checks. It takes one to two days for these transactions to clear.

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Behind the Business: Twin Beans Coffee Company offers coffee with a message
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-25-2021 at 07:29 AM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Behind every cup of coffee at Twin Beans Coffee Company is a story.

“One of my favorite things when I first started working here was we know as many of our customers by name as we can,” said manager Kayci Montgomery. “We talk to our customers about their daily lives. We’ve seen them get married and their families expand over the years.”

Twin Beans Coffee Company began in 2010 as the first roaster in Twin Falls. Now, over a decade later, it is immediately clear this is not just a coffee shop. It’s a place where people can connect with friends, feel at ease and recharge.

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Twin Falls street, bridge reopen after waterline break, roadway repairs
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-24-2021 at 06:15 PM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A section of Shoshone Street South in Twin Falls reopened Tuesday evening after being closed for more than a week to repair a broken waterline and the roadway.

As previously reported, the section of the road was closed on Feb. 14 after a waterline break caused significant damage to the roadway. Shosohone Street between Sixth Avenue West and South Park Avenue West was closed during the time of repairs and detours were in place for motorists, including around the bridge on Shoshone Street South.

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Making Covid about Climate
Posted By Ge0ph Young on 02-24-2021 at 07:11 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic and the sheer volume of public fear and concurrent compliance has prompted a rethinking of the most promoted “crisis” of our time: “climate change.”

Climate change, which actually began with the global cooling rage of the 1970s, began its new life as “global warming,” then morphed into “climate change” and further evolved into the preferred new phrase, “climate crisis.” Along the rebranding road we also saw the short-lived “climate emergency.”

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Report: Fry’s Electronics going out of business, shutting down all stores
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-24-2021 at 06:50 AM

Fry's Electronics, the decades-old superstore chain with locations in nine American states, appears to have gone defunct. Bay Area TV station KRON-4 was the first press outlet to confirm the news late Tuesday, saying that Fry's will shut down all 30 of its American locations. The retailer will reportedly make an announcement at some time on Wednesday via the Fry's website.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk shares brief update on Cybertruck’s final design
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-23-2021 at 08:51 AM

Elon Musk recently provided a quick update on the highly-anticipated Cybertruck’s development, with the Tesla CEO noting that the all-electric pickup’s final design is looking good. Musk shared his thoughts on Twitter after he visited the vehicle at Tesla’s studio. 

The Cybertruck is arguably Tesla’s most radical vehicle to date, thanks in part to its unorthodox brutalist design and angular exoskeleton. Starting at less than $40,000, the Cybertruck has the potential to break into one of the most lucrative vehicle segments in the United States. But to accomplish this, the Cybertruck must have the necessary balance between all-electric performance and classic pickup characteristics. 

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Chiral Water Super-Structure Forms Around DNA
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-23-2021 at 07:10 AM

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have observed for the first time a chiral water superstructure templated around a biomolecule. Although many studies have demonstrated the direct interaction of water with highly important macromolecules like DNA, the latest study is a final confirmation that water forms a unique and enduring super-structure around the DNA double helix -- stabilizing the molecular conformation, mediating its functionality and interaction with important information intermediaries like RNA polymerase.

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With an Upgraded Color E Ink Screen, This Could Be the Perfect E-Reader for Comic Book Fans
Posted By Jeff Young on 02-23-2021 at 06:57 AM

When we reviewed the PocketBook Color last year, we loved the device and the fact that true e-readers could finally display color, but its six-inch screen made it hard to use for reading comic books and magazines which work much better on tablets. The new PocketBook InkPad Color tries to remedy that with a larger 7.8-inch screen that uses E-Ink’s next-generation color electronic paper technology.

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