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How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens The Dairy Boom In Idaho

There’s a cultural and economic collision occurring in southern Idaho. On one side, the anti-immigrant sentiment has expanded, fueled by conservative talk radio and the rhetoric of the Trump administration. On the other side, the dairy industry – long quiet – is speaking out about their reliance on a foreign-born labor force. And the prospect of a new contract for the county jail has both sides agitated.

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This week, caffeinated soft drinks went on sale at Brigham Young University in Utah after a roughly six-decade ban at the Mormon campus. While students there toast with cans of cola, sodas are still hard to come by at BYU’s Idaho campus.

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Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.

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Idaho’s reputation for potatoes is taking a backseat – at least in Asia. The Gem State is selling the island nation of Taiwan five percent of its wheat crop. The deal itself is worth more than half a billion dollars.


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Police have identified the driver of a Porsche that plowed into a crowd of spectators at an Idaho car show as Roy L. Drennon of Eagle, Idaho.

Eleven people were injured in the crash on Saturday.

Boise Police Lt. Charles LeBar said at the time that the driver was "kind of showing off for the crowd" and lost control of the vehicle as he left a "Cars and Coffee" event in Boise. The car jumped the curb and collided with several spectators.

Police haven't released the condition of those who were injured.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Idaho kids are less likely to be obese. That’s according to new data analyzed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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The city of Boise and a group of partner agencies broke ground Wednesday on a new housing development designed to help the chronically homeless in the community.


City of Pocatello Flag Design Committee

A new flag is flying proudly over the city of Pocatello. On Tuesday, a color guard hoisted the city’s new flag up the pole in front of City Hall for the first time. With the new flag, the so-called Gate City sheds a dubious honor.


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Snow fell this week in Brundage, Stanley and at Bogus Basin. The wet weather in Idaho is good news for wildfires that continue to burn. Now we look at the costs of this year’s fire season.


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In August, a poster surfaced online advertising that Hammerfest would go down on September 30th in Boise. The event is sponsored by the Hammerskins, a white supremacist group that started in Dallas in the late 1980s. The white power themed concerts have taken place around the country and even in Budapest.

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The recent outbreak of earthquakes in eastern Idaho seems to be diminishing. Since a 5.3 quake jolted the region around Soda Springs at the beginning of the month, close to 2,000 aftershocks have been measured.


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