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Ada And Canyon County Homes Are Becoming Less Affordable

Home ownership in Idaho’s two most populous counties is getting less affordable. That’s according to a report released Thursday by real estate data company RealtyTrac. How affordable your home is has to do with the percentage of your income you have to spend on it. RealtyTrac says home prices are going up faster than income in Ada and Canyon Counties. So homes are getting less affordable. Between the second quarter of 2015 and the same time this year, RealtyTrac says median home prices...
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Idaho Education News

Over several years, more than $2.3 million in federal grants went to Idaho charter schools that later closed their doors.

The grants came from $1.8 billion in federal programs designed to provide startup dollars for charter schools. And the U.S. Department of Education concedes the grant recipients include more than 400 failed charter schools.

Update, 4:06 p.m.: The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the SUV and the bodies of a woman and three kids have been brought to the shore. The driver was a 40-year-old woman and in the car were three children: a girl age 12, a boy age 10 and a girl age six.

Witnesses said it appeared to have been a deliberate act, though that part of the incident is still under investigation. Boise Fire is working on recovering while Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

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Faith, freedom, family and firearms will be the uniting theme this week as hundreds of GOP delegates travel to Nampa to discuss party platforms and elect Republican leaders.

The three-day convention starts on Thursday, just a few weeks after the May primary. Republicans are hoping for a smoother turnout than the chaotic 2014 convention, which failed to get anything done because of political infighting.

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A special citizen panel has approved increasing Idaho's basic legislative salaries over the next two years.

The Citizens Committee on Legislative Compensation agreed on Wednesday to bump state lawmaker pay by 2 percent each year until 2018. This means the annual pay for state lawmakers will jump from roughly $16,680 to around $17,350.

However, daily session expenses will remain the same. Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol will continue to receive $49 a day when the Idaho Legislature is in session, while those living farther away will stay at $129 a day.

Five conservation groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Idaho seeking to stop a federal agency from killing wolves in the state until a new environmental analysis is prepared.

Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project and four other groups in the 27-page federal lawsuit say the 2011 analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services is outdated.

 

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In 2014, an analysis in Ada County determined that nearly half of the trash being thrown out by residential households was organic waste, such as food scraps, yard debris, and compostable paper. Now, in an effort to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill, the City of Boise has announced plans for a public composting program.

Boise city staff presented the first details of the composting program proposal at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. City spokesman Mike Journee says it’s been dubbed ‘Curb It 2’ and will be an extension of Curb It, the city’s recycling system.

Some states are trying to pass religious freedom laws. Utah's legislature has protected religious groups and advocates for same-sex marriage. Steve Inskeep talks to state Senator Stuart Adams.

Idaho STEP Challenge website

We all know the conventional wisdom: If you want to lose weight, you have to exercise more and eat less. Representative Mike Simpson took this advice, and says he’s lost 70 pounds in the last year-and-a-half. The nine-term Idaho congressman says he eats better and credits a Fitbit given to him by his wife, which tracks how much he walks.

Now, he’s encouraging his constituents to join his turn toward a healthier lifestyle.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The ground under the Terra Nativa subdivision in the Boise foothills has been slowly sliding for months. Alto Via Ct. has been closed indefinitely. One house has been deemed unsafe to occupy and the fate of others is uncertain. Homeowners have begun the process of suing the developer. We wanted to see first-hand what's happening. This slideshow is what we saw on the afternoon of May 26.

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Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced the fine against Dickinson Frozen Foods.

Authorities say the large release of anhydrous ammonia in December 2015 at its eastern Idaho plant in Sugar City where it processes potatoes didn't cause any injuries but other major ammonia releases at the facility have.

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