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Bus Transit Center Opens In Boise, Hopes To Attract New Riders

Monday marks the opening of a much-anticipated new transit center in downtown Boise. Transit officials with Valley Regional Transit, the inter-county agency that runs the bus system in the Treasure Valley, is betting the facility will make riding the bus more comfortable. But will Main Street Station attract new riders? To answer that question, KBSX got on a bus with Kim Wegener one morning in early October. Wegener lives in Eagle and commutes most mornings to downtown Boise to her job at...
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This November, Idahoans will see a familiar constitutional amendment on their ballots. The measure, though, has a high-level critic in state government.

Bureau of Land Management

A nearly 1,000 mile long power line, which would stretch across Wyoming and Southern Idaho, is one step closer to reality.

Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power have been trying to build the Gateway West Transmission Line since 2007. The line would extend from a substation near Glenrock, Wyoming to another one near Melba, southwest of Boise.

In a turnaround, the face of the occupation at a national wildlife refuge denied leading the standoff over federal control of public lands and defended receiving a government loan to help his business.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight pressed Ammon Bundy on his claim that he wasn't the leader, pointing to earlier testimony in which he said he was "sort of" in charge.

Bundy told Knight he teaches correct principles and lets people govern themselves.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers want a military appeals court to consider whether U.S. Sen. John McCain unfairly swayed the soldier's desertion case.

They appealed Thursday to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals after the trial judge rejected their request to dismiss the charges.

McCain said last year that if Berghdahl isn't punished, his Senate Armed Services Committee would hold a hearing. Legal experts have said that McCain's comment could be seen as a threat to the careers of military officers who decide otherwise.

That’s according to the people behind the podcast “Serial,” which spent its second season exploring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance from his base in 2009, capture by the Taliban and subsequent return to the U.S.

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A lumber mill in northern Idaho has closed down, leaving about 40 people without work.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Tri-Pro Forest Products closed its Orofino mill on Tuesday. Resource Manager Mike Boeck says a lack of cedar logs forced the company to curtail operations at the Clearwater County mill over the past few weeks.

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Despite attempts to reconcile their differences, two high-profile Boiseans appear to be on the path to divorce.


Saeed Abedini made international headlines when he was freed from an Iranian prison earlier this year after his wife, Naghmeh, advocated for three years to get him released. The Christian pastor had been arrested in Iran after the government accused him of starting home churches in the Islamic country.

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) in Nampa welcomes its thirteenth president Thursday. The university is holding an inauguration of Joel Pearsall, who follows in his father’s footsteps. Pearsall's father was president of the Christian college from 1973 to 1983.

According to a press release, the new leader received his undergraduate degree from the school in 1980, and then went on to law school in Oregon.

Federal officials say approximately 15,000 Idahoans may be eligible for tax credits if they purchase insurance through the state's health care exchange rather than skip the marketplace again while picking 2017 coverage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that only residents who bought their 2017 plans on the Your Health Idaho website are qualified for a tax subsidy.

Health officials say the tax credits were designed to make coverage more affordable and protect consumers from the impact of rate increases.

Idaho Parks and Recreation

A portion of a popular backcountry ski system in central Idaho will open this winter following a wildfire that burned through the area this summer.

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said in a statement Thursday that two yurts in the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt System deemed safe will be available possibly as early as November.


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