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Update: Boise Fire Department Estimates Table Rock Fire At 2500 Acres

Update, 11:20 a.m.: The Boise Fire Department says more accurate mapping shows 2,500 acres have burned in the Table Rock Fire. The blaze is now 60 percent contained. Update: 9:05 a.m.: Boise Fire Department spokeswoman Tammy Barry says investigators have concluded that fireworks started the Table Rock Fire late Wednesday night in the Boise foothills. Few other details are known. Barry says no suspects have been identified. Update, 8:45 a.m.: The BLM has confirmed two structures have burned in...
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Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill says a Republican House member secretly recorded a private conversation before the May primary election.

The Post Register reports in a story on Wednesday that Rep. Ron Nate, of Rexburg, declined to disclose the audio recording after the eastern Idaho newspaper sent him a public records request. Hill also declined to reveal the contents of the recording.

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This year’s SAT results are out and Idaho high school juniors averaged 1002. If you’re bringing up what you know about SAT scores, maybe trying to remember your own, you may be thinking that’s pretty bad. And last year, when the total possible was 2,400, it would have been. But this is the first year of some big changes to the test and the scoring system. Now, the total possible score is 1,600.

Zoo Boise

Teenagers volunteering at Zoo Boise are helping to try and save one of the world’s most endangered mammals.

The teens are using an information booth to raise money for the Saola - a forest mammal that lives in Vietnam. The animal rocked the scientific world when, in 1992, scientists first discovered what turned out to be not just a brand new species, but a whole new genus.

These antelope-type creatures have two long curing horns on their heads and white spots on their faces. They are remarkably shy and gentle, and have never been seen alive in the wild by scientists.

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Update - Wednesday, June 15 at 9:16 a.m.: Authorities say a southwest Idaho man shot and killed by police spent decades in prison before being released in February.

Fifty-year-old Noel Rodriguez of Caldwell died Tuesday when a Boise police officer opened fire after authorities say Rodriguez rammed police vehicles with his vehicle.

Rodriguez was sentenced in 1992 to life in prison following the beating death of a 29-year-old woman in Wilder.

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If you buy your own health insurance rather than getting it from an employer, you’ll probably pay more for it next year, maybe a lot more. Health insurance carriers have told the Idaho Department of Insurance what changes they want to make to plans next year and the department has posted those proposed changes on its website. Six insurers want to make substantial rate increases that average 27 percent.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Hundreds of Idahoans have attended vigils across the state to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando.

More than 200 people attended Sunday's vigil in Boise, while large crowds were also reported in Twin Falls and Moscow.

A vigil in Sandpoint will take place Monday evening, while another vigil will be held in Pocatello on Thursday.

Authorities say the shooting early Sunday left 50 people dead — including the gunman — and injured more than 50 others.

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For the past six months in a row Idaho has led the nation in job growth. That’s according to the Idaho Department of Labor, which cites data from Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The department predicts that job growth for all of 2016 will be between 3 and 3.5 percent.

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The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this summer. At the nation’s first park, attendance is on the rise. But deadly incidents this year at Yellowstone are reminders of the inherent wildness of the park.

Twenty-three-year-old Colin Scott was 225 yards away from the designated boardwalk at the Norris Geyser Basin when he apparently slipped and fell into a hot spring. Scott is the 22nd person known to have died in the park's acidic pools.

Matt Leidecker

It’s been almost a year since President Obama signed a bill establishing three new Wilderness areas in Idaho’s Boulder-White Cloud Mountains. With the designation comes tourism, and one writer wants to help more people explore the landscape.

Matt Leidecker has written five guidebooks, including one on Sun Valley and one on the Sawtooths. His fifth book, “Exploring the Boulder-White Clouds - A Comprehensive Guide,” comes out this month.

A gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history before being shot dead by police.

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