August 21, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Monday's weather forecast for the Treasure Valley is sunny with occasional darkness as Idaho prepared to witness its first total solar eclipse in more than a generation. The hottest item across the state has been a pair of specially-designed eclipsed glasses, with most retailers saying they had sold out days ago. Complicating matters a bit more, Dutch Bros., which had distributed eclipse glasses at many of its coffee stands announced via Facebook late Sunday that it needed to recall the glasses after its manufacturer was unable to certify the safety of the glasses.

  • President Donald Trump will deliver a televised address to the nation this evening at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. The White House says Trump will specifically address America's role in the 16-tear war in Afghanistan.
  • Ten American sailors are missing and five more were injured following a collision early Monday between a U.S. Naval destroyer and a merchant ship off of Singapore. The Washington Post reports that the USS John McCain collided with an oil taker three times the size of of the U.S. destroyer.

  • USA Today reports that the U.S. Secret Service has gone way over its budget due to the extraordinary amount of security it has to provide for President Trump's family and to secure the many Trump residence. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally-mandated salary caps and overtime allowances allowed for the year.

  • Idaho State Police report an overabundance of motorists on highways across the Gem State, many of them visitors to spot the eclipse. And while ISP is out in force, they're urging extra caution. A motorcyclist was killed August 20 on the heavily-traveled Idaho Highway 55 when his motorcycle hit a telephone pole. 47-year-old Dean Rogers of Horseshoe Bend died at the scene. He wasn't wearing a helmet.

  • Hollywood is tallying up another poor weekend at the box office. CBS News reports that as of this past weekend, the summer movie season was down 13 percent from last year and the year as a whole is down five percent. The deficit keeps going up," comScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian told CBS. "We're limping towards the finish line with one leg dragging behind. It's not a great place to be."

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