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4:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Collaborative Effort To Bring A New YMCA, Park And School To Meridian

Marti Hill, Dixie Cook and David Turnbull donated the land for the YMCA/school/park complex.
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Meridian will be getting a new YMCA, city park and elementary school. The Treasure Valley YMCA announced Thursday it will build its first new facility since opening the Caldwell Y nine years ago. The new South Y will be built in Meridian south of I-84 near Eagle Road and Amity.

It will be built on 22 acres of donated land. The J.A. and Katherine Albertson Foundation is donating $4 million to start the project.  

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Gay Marriage
3:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Gov. Otter Requests More Arguments In Idaho's Gay Marriage Case

Credit Idaho Statesman

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants to file additional arguments in his attempt to have an 11-judge panel review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban.

Otter argued in a motion filed Wednesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that another reply is needed because a separate federal court has since upheld same-sex marriage bans in other states.

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Events
2:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Author Salman Rushdie Gives Free Talk At Boise State Thursday

Salman Rushdie is a British Indian writer whose fourth novel "The Satanic Verses," published in 1988 forced him into hiding after Iranian leaders issued a fatwa - essentially a death sentence - against Rushdie.
Credit Alexander Baxevanis / Flickr Creative Commons

The internationally-known author Salman Rushdie will speak in Boise Thursday evening during a free event at Boise State University. 

Rushdie’s 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” led to the leader of Iran putting a bounty on the author’s head. Iranian hardliners continue to vow to kill Rushdie.     

In April, the threat prompted police in Ohio to check for bombs in a venue where Rushdie was scheduled to speak.

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Wages
1:39 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Idaho's Per Capita Personal Income Grows, But Incomes Remain Below Average

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In 2013, per capita personal income rose 2.9 percent in Idaho according to a report out Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationally, per capita personal income grew 1.3 percent. Even with the growth, Idaho’s average per capita personal income of $36,146 remains nearly $9,000 below the national average.

Blaine County, home of Sun Valley, had Idaho’s highest personal income in 2013. Here are the top five counties:

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Energy
12:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Idaho Power To Use Solar Energy For The First Time

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The company that provides most of southern Idaho with its electricity is ready to incorporate solar power into its portfolio for the first time. Idaho Power's foray into solar will be relatively small.

Currently about half of Idaho Power’s electricity comes from hydroelectric dams. A little more than a third comes from coal-burning power plants in neighboring states. There’s some natural gas, and about 7 percent comes from privately-generated, renewable sources, mostly wind. None of it, though, is solar. 

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Election 2014
9:44 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Idaho Records Its Lowest-Ever General Election Voter Turnout

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's voter participation in this year's general election was the lowest ever.

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa tells the Spokesman Review that nearly 37 percent of Idaho's voting-age population cast a ballot Nov. 4.

Ysursa described the results as "abysmal," and urged the need to turn the number around.

Idaho's previous low turnout was little more than 40 percent in the last midterm election in 2010.

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Gay Marriage
2:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana's Gay Marriage Ban

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A federal judge in Montana has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Wednesday that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that Idaho and Nevada's bans are unconstitutional. Montana is part of the 9th Circuit, and Morris cited the Circuit Court's opinion in his ruling.

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Technology
2:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Idaho Asks Judge To Reconsider School Broadband Ruling

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The state is asking a judge to take another look at his decision to void the $60 million Idaho Education Network broadband contract.

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Weather
11:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

With Ice Still On Boise's Roads, ACHD Defends Its Plowing Practices

Parts of Parkcenter Boulevard are packed with ice Nov. 19, 2014.
Credit Jodie Martinson / Boise State Public Radio

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is defending itself from criticisms over how it cleared -- or didn't clear -- the roads after last week's snow dump. A record-setting 7.6 inches of snow fell at the Boise Airport on Thursday and Friday.

Police departments tweeted warnings to drivers to mind the conditions after helping hundreds of vehicles involved in fender-benders and spins off the road.

Now, almost a week later, many major roads in Boise, Eagle, and Meridian still have snow and ice in patches and many drivers are complaining about why it's taken so long to clear.

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Policy
11:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Report: Idaho Land Board Should Rethink Commercial Investments

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A San Francisco-based investment advising firm told Idaho’s Land Board that its commercial property investments are not a great idea.

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Recreation
10:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sun Valley Restricts Mountain Use As Ski Season Nears

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Sun Valley Co. is prohibiting recreational activity on Bald Mountain while workers prepare the ski area for the season.

The company has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management that allows for the prohibition for safety reasons.

The company in December 2013 enacted a policy not allowing uphill foot traffic on the ski area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the ski season.

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Politics
10:23 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Idaho Republican Party Hires Former Sen. Larry Craig

Credit Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman

The Idaho Republican Party has named former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee.

Party officials said Wednesday that Craig fills an empty volunteer fundraising position.

Craig was arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. He was accused of soliciting sex in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by an undercover officer. According to the officer, Craig tapped his foot under the stall and signaled that he wanted sex.

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Weather
4:21 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

It's Cold, But Pipes Aren't Freezing In Treasure Valley

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This week's very cold weather in the Treasure Valley hasn't caused a lot of problems when it comes to frozen pipes.

That’s despite Boise setting another record low this morning of 4 degrees, breaking the old record of 7 set back in 1985. It's the third-straight morning of record cold.

United Water Idaho's Mark Snider says the company has had 10 calls from people without water.

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Medicaid Expansion
3:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Idaho Governor's Work Group Recommends Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

An Idaho work group has tweaked its recommendations on expanding Medicaid eligibility in a last-minute effort to make their plan more politically palatable to lawmakers.

Work group facilitator Corey Surber says the 15-member group approved a hybrid model Friday. The group had finalized a proposal to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter back in August. However, lawmakers warned the proposal's blanketed support of Medicaid expansion would fail to even be considered when the Republican-controlled Legislature convenes in January.

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Station Events
2:39 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Listen: NPR's Wade Goodwyn Explains What It's Like To Be A National Reporter For NPR

Wade Goodwyn's Texas twang earnest style of storytelling make him one of the most recognizable voices on NPR.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

NPR National Desk Correspondent Wade Goodwyn recently came to Boise to share with our audience what it's like to be a journalist based in Texas.

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Environment
10:56 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Why Idahoans Use More Water At Home Than Anyone Else In The Country

Idahoans use more water than residents in every other U.S. state.
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Idahoans are using more water per capita than residents of any other state according to a recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS does a detailed look at water use every fifth year.

Molly Maupin led the team that calculated the nation’s water use for 2010. It took them four years to compile all the data. They looked at all the different ways people were using water, from morning showers to cooling nuclear power plants.

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Public Safety
10:07 am
Tue November 18, 2014

40 Idaho Kids Go To Emergency Rooms After Eating, Touching Laundry Soap Pods

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Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare says more calls are coming in about children being poisoned by bright and colorful laundry detergent packets this year compared to last. Children can mistake the plastic soap tabs for candy.

So far this year, 69 Idaho children in Idaho have been exposed to the packets by eating them or getting the soap in their eyes and nose. That compares to 45 kids during the same time frame last year.

This year, 40 kids went to the emergency room and five of those children ended up being hospitalized.

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Environment
4:31 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Treasure Valley's First Seasonal Inversion Arrives Early

This image of a Treasure Valley inversion was taken back in 2013.
Credit Jay Breidenbach / National Weather Service

Treasure Valley residents still dealing with the aftermath of last week's record-setting snowfall now have an inversion on their hands, too.

The National Weather Service in Boise says the inversion set up Sunday. Meteorologist Bill Wojcik says it's likely to last through Saturday when winds from a new system disrupt the layering of warm air over cold. He says the inversion - the first of the season - reaches 10,000 feet into the atmosphere.

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Health Care
11:58 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Idaho Health Exchange Reports High Traffic, Smooth User Experience

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho officials say the state-based health insurance marketplace had nearly 13,000 visitors just days after it opened for business.

Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly isn't immediately releasing how many Idahoans signed up for coverage on the state exchange's website. However, he told reporters Monday yourhealthidaho.org hasn't experienced any of the technical glitches that plagued the federal marketplace last year since it launched Saturday.

Last year, 76,000 Idaho residents enrolled within six months.

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Transmitter Status
11:46 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Maintenance Could Disrupt KBSU Monday Afternoon

Boise State Public Radio engineers are completing scheduled maintenance on KBSU Classical Monday Nov. 17.

The maintenance could intermittently disrupt your listening between noon and 4 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience and plan to have KBSU Classical back to normal as soon as possible. 

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