April 4, 2018: What to Know 

  • President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he plans to deploy the National Guard to the border with Mexico to confront what he called a growing threat of illegal immigration and crime. The New York Times reports that Trump has previously spoken about the possibility of using the military to police the border, only to have his White House aides walk back those remarks.
  • KTVB-TV reports that the Meridian City Council met well past midnight and into this morning before voting to approve plans to build a new Costco Wholesale store at the corner of Chinden Boulevard and North Ten Mile Road. The vote came after a six-hour hearing that saw dozens of neighbors voice opposition to the location of the proposed store.
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    • Courtesy Boise State
    Officials at Boise State broke ground Tuesday, beginning construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research. The four-story, 85,000-square-foot research facility will provide more than 40 research laboratories, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms and work space for faculty, staff and students.

    “Investments in world-class research capabilities are essential to both Micron and Boise State University," said Micron Vice President Scott DeBoer. "This facility continues to demonstrate Micron and Boise State’s longstanding partnership in pursuit of building strong science and technology centers of excellence for the Boise area.”

    The Micron Center for Materials Research is scheduled for completion by spring 2020. The building was designed by the Hummel and Anderson Mason Dale architectural firms.
  • McDonald's, which has been previously criticized for its pay and benefits, announced Tuesday that it would revamp its college assistance program. CNBC reports that McDonald's Archways to Opportunity program will allocate $150 million and lower eligibility requirements to provide college tuition assistance to over 16,400 employees.

  • Steven Spielberg says its time for a woman to play Indiana Jones. Page Six reports that Spielberg is about to direct the fifth movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, but Spielberg insists that this will definitely be the last time Harrison Ford will play the iconic hero. As for the future of the franchise, Spielberg says,  “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.”

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