Feb. 8, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) broke a century-old record Wednesday when she delivered an eight-hour speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The New York Times reports that Pelosi's speech was in opposition to a U.S. Senate Deal aimed at avoiding another federal government shutdown, which lacks protection for so-called "Dreamers," young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. undocumented as children.
  • click to enlarge Artisit's rendering of Galaxy Event Center - CITY OF MERIDIAN
    • City of Meridian
    • Artisit's rendering of Galaxy Event Center
    As part of her State of the City address on Wednesday, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced that Roaring Springs and its neighbor Wahooz will invest more than $6 million in improvements. The water park is adding a $1.6 million feature for kids, dubbed Bearfoot Bay, which will include three new slides and 20 new "play elements." Bearfoot Bay is expected to be ready when the water park opens in May. Meanwhile, Wahooz is adding a $4.5 million Galaxy Event Center, which will hold up to 600 people for receptions, meetings, parties and trade shows. The center is expected to open this November.
  • Amazon announced this morning that it will soon deliver groceries from Whole Foods inside a two-hour window for customers in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach. CNBC reports the service is expected to expand across the U.S. by later this year. Two-hour delivery will be free and a one-hour option will cost $7.99 for orders of $35 or more.

  • Team USA has chosen its flag bearer for tomorrow's opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Erin Hamlin, 31, is making her fourth trip to the Olympics as a luge competitor. "It was a pretty big shock," Hamlin told NBC Sports today upon hearing her fellow athletes had chosen her to carry the flag. "It's an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA." Because there's a 16-hour time difference between South Korea and Idaho, the ceremonies will take place in the pre-dawn hours of Friday (Mountain Time), but the festivities will be aired in prime time Friday night on NBC.
  • Speaking of the Olympics, Team Norway arrived in South Korea to find 15,000 eggs waiting for them. It turns out that Norway's team chefs ordered 1,500 eggs for the duration of the games, but 15,000 eggs were delivered by South Korea suppliers. Reuters reports that if the Norway chefs were to cook up all those eggs, each of the team's 121 athletes would need to eat an average of 124 eggs during the games.

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