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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Idaho GOP Maintains Stance On Same-Sex Marriage

With last week’s Supreme Court decision, same-sex couples around the Idaho were able to breathe a sigh of relief. But state Republican leaders say they're not done opposing same sex marriage. Idaho GOP Executive Director David Johnston says the Supreme Court’s decision leaves a lot unanswered for people who say their religious freedoms are being infringed upon. He says the justices' ruling was an example of judicial activism and overreach. "Instead of ruling on the constitutionality of an...
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Growing Garden City

Find all the stories in our series on this dynamic town here.

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Northwest sweet cherry experts are reporting that some orchards are having a hard time getting their fruit picked this year.

Idaho Office for Refugees

Nearly 7,000 refugees from more than 30 countries have been resettled in Idaho in the last decade. More than a dozen of them will be sworn in as U.S. citizens Saturday as part of the World Refugee Day celebration in downtown Boise, which is sponsored by the Idaho Office for Refugees.

Benjamin Rutikanga is one of them. Rutikanga fled his home in Rwanda during the infamous genocide of the '90s. He later fled other conflict in Congo. Then he spent more than a decade in a refugee camp before being sent somewhere he’d never heard of: Boise Idaho.

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Health officials say a third area in southwestern Idaho has rodents that are likely infected with plague.

Laurie Boston with the Southwest District Health Department says six voles and one wild mouse from the Riddle area were tested. One vole showed probable plague infection.

Riddle is 79 miles south of Mountain Home. The vole was found along Highway 51 in southern Owyhee County.

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For the last six years, a man with a degree from Stanford has been standing on a street corner in California. He holds a pen and a notebook. David Breaux asks each person on the street the same thing: To share their written concept of the word compassion.

He began his quest in 2009.

Boise Co-op

Update at 3:52 p.m.: The Boise Co-op reopened the store's deli following a health inspection Friday. Read more here.

The Boise Co-op’s deli is usually a bustling place. The North End store – which upgraded its deli in 2012 to stay competitive as chains like Whole Foods moved in – gets nearly a fifth of its business from the deli.

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The ACLU of Idaho is suing the state over its public defense system. Public defenders represent people accused of crimes who can’t afford a lawyer, a principle enshrined in the constitution.

Boise State Public Radio listeners are waking up to a new voice. Dan Greenwood joined the station in May after hosting public radio news programs at KUNC in Greeley, Colo.

We asked Dan - who wakes for his new job at 3:30 a.m. - a few questions about himself, his background and his interest in Idaho. 

What attracted you to the Morning Edition job in Boise?

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks minor league baseball team opens its season tonight against the Tri-City Dust Devils. It’s the first season Boise will play as an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Until last year, the Hawks were part of the Chicago Cubs' farm system.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Adjusted for inflation, Idaho's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.7 percent between 2013 and 2014, which is the 12th largest increase among states in the country. Altogether the value of the goods and services produced in the state is worth almost $58 billion dollars. Just two years ago, Idaho ranked 45th when it comes to the increase in GDP.

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  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Idaho over its patchwork public defense system.

The civil rights group contends that state officials have known for at least five years that high case loads, low budgets and a system that changes from county to county means that low-income defendants aren't being fairly represented in court.

The ACLU has brought similar lawsuits in several other states, reaching settlements in Washington, New York and elsewhere.

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