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Amount of Sleep Your Child Needs Will Surprise You

Now that school is back in session for most of the Treasure Valley, your kids will need to get to bed early to be rested enough for a full day of school. But how much sleep is enough?  "If you have little kids you may be surprised to see how early you have to get your kid in bed."

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Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This

School starts next week in Boise, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.

How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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Bishop Kelly Takes an Extra Step to Prevent Concussions

High school football kicks off in the Treasure Valley in less than two weeks, and one local high school is doing everything it can to make sure its players are safe.  Have you seen what they're wearing in practice?

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Gearing Up For My First Fit One 5k!

You can't deny that we have some of the most amazing views and trails in the Treasure Valley. I love hiking up Table Rock with my family and walking the greenbelt with my baby in his stroller...

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Treasure Valley Air Is Crazy Smokey

You could taste it in the air today, the smoke that has moved into the Treasure Valley is substantial  The hills looked shrouded as I drove into downtown from The Connector.

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With Warmer Temperatures, Could Zika Come To The Treasure Valley?

As the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes seem to be everywhere, and as we keep hearing more and more about the Zika Virus, it makes you wonder if that could be coming here?

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How Did This Become Known as the Poop Olympics?

Are you ready for the 2016 poop Olympics? Seriously, athletes from around the world will apparently be swimming in very unhealthy and dangerous sewage when the Olympics begin next month. Would you stick you face in this muck? Why, in 4 years hasn't it been cleaned up?

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For First Time in Recorded History Heat Wave Hits Every Square Inch of U.S.

For the first time on record, every square inch of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii is seeing above normal temperatures for the next three months. That's according to the Climate Prediction Center.  Let see, if my math is correct that will take us all the way into October that we even here in Idaho will be looking at warm temperatures.  So much for our really cool spring and early summer.

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Does Boise Still Smoke?

The price of cigarettes has increased. Smoking has been banned from quite a few bars and restaurants. There's a lawsuit that's trying to get smoking removed completely from movies that target kids.  Is smoking so marginalized that we've almost seen the end of it in Boise?

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I’m feeling the “Boise Burn!”

OK, I admit it, I messed up this weekend.  The only really frustrating thing is that I did what I was supposed to do.  I wore my sunscreen, yet this is what I ended up with. 

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