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June 7, 2017: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
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  • Daytime television may see some of its highest ratings Thursday as all major networks go wall-to-wall with coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before a congressional committee. The latest twist in the story came Tuesday, when The New York Times reported Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he didn't want to be left alone with with President Donald Trump. The president had asked Comey to end an investigation into ties between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russia.
  • The city of Boise has begun building a so-called "muscle wall" in order to protect Zoo Boise from flooding on the Boise River. City engineers are teaming with Ada County crews to install a 2,000-foot-long, two- to four-foot-tall flood barrier as the river threatens to spill over its banks into Julia Davis Park. Zoo officials said the wall is needed because the logistics—and stress—of relocating more than 200 animals. KTVB reported moving the animals could cost more than $500,000, while the barrier will cost about $130,000. Julia Davis Drive will be closed between the bandshell and tennis courts during construction of the temporary barrier. The Friendship Bridge linking the park to Boise State University will remain open.
  • City crews were out early Wednesday, closing off some roads near Rhodes Skate Park in anticipation of the X Games qualifier this weekend. Beginning today, 15th Street from River Street to Grove Street and 16th Street from Front Street to River Street are closed. The X Games events get underway Friday, June 9.
  • Social media is buzzing about a performance on America's Got Talent last night. Mandy Harvey, 29, lost her hearing due to a connective tissue disorder and performs barefoot so that she can feel the tempo and beat through the floor. She sang "Try" Tuesday night, bringing the audience and judges to their feet.

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