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Meridian High School Student Asks For Help In Honoring A World War II Soldier

One Meridian high school student will be spending Memorial Day researching a World War II soldier from Idaho. He’s looking for help from the community to remember a soldier who died in Normandy. Josh White is a sophomore at Renaissance High School. He and his teacher Janelle Gilson are taking part in a national program designed to teach students about World War II. White is researching the life of Army Technician Fourth Grade Ray O. Coffey. He’s learned a few things from census and military...
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Two days after the official holiday (which celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over French invaders) the town of Wilder, Idaho came together for their first annual Cinco de Mayo party.

The agricultural town in Canyon County is largely Latino; last year the town became the first in the state to elect an all-Latino city council.

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The ground under the Boise foothills neighborhood called Terra Nativa has been sliding for weeks, possibly months. One house has been deemed unsafe to live in. At least one other has damage. And late last week the highway district closed two roads in the subdivision due to buckling streets and sidewalks and fear of landslides. 

We wanted to know how the city determines if a site in the foothills is safe to build on. Here’s what we learned.

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A self-styled journalist who traveled to Oregon in early January to spread the message of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers is facing federal weapons charges in Grant County.

But a man associated with a recovered machine gun says he was surprised to see the weapon turn up in a federal investigation, noting that federal agents hadn’t contacted him before or after the arrest.

An official at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say there are no plans right now to send resources to Canada to help fight wildfires burning in Alberta.

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Mercury is passing between the Earth and the sun Monday, an event known as a planet transit. It’s an event important to scientists that anyone with a special telescope can watch.

The Physics department at Boise State University is setting up filtered telescopes to watch the event.

Professor Brian Jackson says during the transit, the Earth will be in Mercury’s shadow.

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A southwest Idaho police department says three handguns, a rifle and a shotgun have been stolen from unlocked vehicles in the last week.

The Meridian Police Department in a statement Friday says it has taken more than 20 vehicle burglary reports in that span and all came from residents who didn't lock their vehicles.

The agency says the theft of firearms poses a potential threat to the public and police officers.

The agency says residents should lock their vehicles and not leave firearms in them.

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Boise State and Idaho State will hold spring commencement ceremonies Saturday. 

Boise State says 2334 students are eligible for degrees and certificates following the spring semester. All told, about 4,000 students will graduate from Boise State this academic year. 

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Idahoans donated roughly $1 million to more than 800 nonprofits and charities Thursday as part of "Idaho Gives," the 24-hour, online fundraising blitz.

Organizers say nearly 7,500 people made donations to help the causes of nonprofits taking part in the fourth annual statewide fundraiser.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest gathered in around $32,000 in donations, claiming the top spot among large nonprofits. Meanwhile, The Idaho Humane Society attracted the highest amount of donors, with 358 people giving more than $19,400.

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Southwest Idaho officials approved the building of a private airstrip in the foothills north of Boise in a decision that will become final if not appealed within 15 days.

The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission at a Thursday meeting gave Dean Hilde the OK to build the 1,200-foot landing strip on about 150 acres as well as a 3,600-square-foot hangar and shop.

If an appeal is filed, it will be heard by the Board of Ada County Commissioners, followed by another public hearing giving Hilde and the public a chance to speak. The decision by the board would be final.

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One of the defendants in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year has apologized for video rants he made that were widely seen during the standoff.

Sean Anderson, 47, told a federal judge Wednesday he was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" by the videos from the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In one Anderson told supporters if police stopped them on their way to the refuge they should "kill them."

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