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How Idaho Got Many Of Its Place Names

If you're new to Idaho, you may wonder how some Gem State places got their names. Thankfully, historian and Idaho Statesman columnist Arthur Hart has you covered. In a recent column, Hart went over the origins of a number of county names: "From French we have Nez Perce (pierced nose), Teton (woman’s breast) and Boise (wooded), because most of the early fur trappers in Idaho were from French-speaking eastern Canada. From Spanish we once had a giant county called Alturas (mountain heights),...

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There’s a house in Garden City with strange noises happening inside.

Experimental electronic artist Gretchen Jude is playing around with all kinds of instruments, including the sound from a cracklebox. Jude is the artist-in-residence at Surel’s Place this month. She’s from Idaho, but has spent time in Japan and now lives in Hawaii – places that all come up in her newest piece which Jude will debut Friday night.

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Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session.

The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for this year's travel reimbursements for the 105 state lawmakers in the House and Senate. However, while many lawmakers have turned in their legislative travel reimbursement receipts, the Legislature doesn't have a deadline on when expenses need to be submitted.

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The Trump administration has proposed an 11 percent decrease in funding for the Interior Department.

If approved by Congress, the Interior Department would receive $11.7 billion for fiscal year 2018. That’s more than the president had originally outlined in an earlier budget draft, but still would be a hit to department funding.

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The recent vandalism at the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial triggered a direct response in the form of a performance called Letters From Anne and Martin, which will be taking place Wednesday evening.

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Tucked into President Donald Trump’s new budget, which was released Tuesday, is a proposal for the government to sell off power lines that deliver electricity to Idaho.

The budget summary says the government could make $4.9 billion by selling the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission assets over a 10-year period. Around $1.8 billion of that could come in two years.

As Donald Trump continues on his first major foreign trip as President, statesmanship is in the spotlight. Today we speak with a former State Department official about this moment in U.S. diplomacy.

Steve Feldstein  is joining Boise State University to teach in the School of Public Service. In this audio clip, Tom Michael of KBSX News begins by asking him what he thinks of the new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

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Poll data released by Idaho Politics Weekly shows a majority of Idahoans support re-designating Craters of the Moon National Monument a national park.

The poll finds 55 percent of state residents are in favor of bumping up Craters to the more prestigious and visible national park status; 32 percent don't want to see the vast lava fields changed from their current state.

Pro Soccer In Boise? New Stadium May Help

May 23, 2017
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The chances for getting a new sports stadium in downtown Boise continue to increase, as stakeholders look at 11 acres near Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive. Minor league baseball would be a part of that - with the Boise Hawks. But what about professional soccer?

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As Idaho's housing demands have grown, so has the residential construction industry.

But that boom has a dark side: The Idaho Statesman reports that construction-related serious injuries are a common problem, and some result in deaths.

A Statesman analysis of inspection data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that at least 19 home-construction companies in the Boise region failed three or more inspections between March 2011 and December 2016 because of serious worker-safety violations.

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Tuesday night, seniors at Capital High in Boise will graduate. Among the class of 2017 is Ivan Vazquez. He’s not only the valedictorian, but he’s one of just five students across the country this year to be accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges.

Matt Guilhem spoke with Vazquez about school, his future plans and what it was like as the acceptance letters kept pouring in.

For more local news, follow the KBSX newsroom on Twitter @KBSX915

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