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Twin Falls County's insurance premiums have gone up due to lawsuit settlements paid by Idaho Counties Risk Management Program.

The Times-News reports that the county's insurance payments have increased 58 percent over the past five years from $350,639 for the 2012 fiscal year to $553,114 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Montana authorities say an Idaho man was electrocuted when his fishing rod touched a low-hanging power line.

Cascade County sheriff's officials said in a statement Thursday that 64-year-old Leonard Henry Kolbet died at top of the bank of Dry Fork Creek southeast of Great Falls on Sunday.

Sheriff's Capt. Raymond Hitchcock says Kolbet and another person were camping and flyfishing in the area.

He says Kolbet was walking up the creek's bank, carrying the rod slightly above his head, when it touched the power line.

Idaho National Guard

An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a judge to prevent the military from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Attorneys for screenwriter Mark Boal filed a complaint Wednesday in a California federal court seeking to block an upcoming subpoena from North Carolina-based military prosecutors.

The complaint says the prosecutors intend to ask for unedited audio recordings of Boal's interviews with Bergdahl.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In February, hundreds of people went to the statehouse to show their support for an expansion of Medicaid. About 30 people gave public testimony, sometimes tearfully asking lawmakers to grant health coverage to 78,000 low-income Idahoans.   

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Update, Thursday at 5:21 p.m.: Fire crews have reached 80 percent containment on the Mile Marker 14 fire.

Update, Thursday at 10:38 a.m.: The latest tweet from BLM Idaho shows progress is being made in containing the fire: 

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Idaho delegates to the Republican National Convention say they have not been asked to sign a petition to have Texas Sen. Ted Cruz nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate.

Furthermore, Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he's been promised by the state's Cruz leadership team that Idaho delegates will not participate in any anti-Donald Trump demonstrations or walkouts during the nominating process.

Instead, Yates says the Idaho delegation will honor their duties and follow convention decorum during their stay in Cleveland.

Boise State Public Radio

The popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go has gotten Boise players out and about in the downtown as they play from their smartphones. According to the Idaho Statesman, there has been an influx of business at some shops, including pizza-by-the-slice vendors Pie Hole.

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If you look up the Buffalo Creek rapid on YouTube, you’ll see videos rafters have filmed with their GoPro cameras. It’s a popular class five rapid on the South Fork.

 

A northern Idaho county prosecutor says a deputy prosecutor won't be punished for posting a comment on social media that suggested genocide would occur if police officers stopped patrolling black neighborhoods.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh tells the Coeur d'Alene Press that education on appropriate communication with the community is needed so that the community has confidence in their work.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryant Bushling made the post Sunday on Kootenai County Bailiff Todd Hartman's Facebook page.

Boise State University

Thirty-two Idaho delegates are among those who kicked off the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday. The 20 Ted Cruz supporters and 12 Donald Trump delegates had a front row seat to the somewhat chaotic start to the event.

Another Idahoan in Cleveland this week is Corey Cook. Cook is the dean of Boise State University’s School of Public Service. It’s his sixth convention and our Scott Graf spoke with him about his expectations for the week.

Hear their Morning Edition conversation below. 

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A jump across the Snake River Canyon is back on, this time with Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun.

The Twin Falls Times News says Braun will ride a rocket across the canyon in September.

The last attempt to jump the canyon came in 1974 when Evel Knievel tried and failed to make it across.

Braun will launch from private property in Jerome County and land on private property in Twin Falls County.

Idaho Power is looking to build the state's first utility-owned solar power project.

The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program.

The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses.

The company in an announcement last week says it plans to offer subscriptions costing $740 for individual solar panels. Buyers would receive credit for their portion of the solar array's output on their monthly bill.

NPR

After 12 years as host of Morning EditionRenee Montagne is stepping back from hosting to focus on more long-form reporting – reporting that is essential to the future of NPR across platforms. She'll be trading her very early mornings at NPR West for an expanded role as Special Correspondent this November, after the presidential elections.

Micron Headquarters Building
Dan Greenwood / Boise State Public Radio

We learned last week that Harvard University is suing Micron Technology over patent infringement. Micron isn’t commenting on the suit. If it goes to court, the company will likely argue that the technology it uses is based on a patent it owns, not the one developed by Harvard.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The men's and women's pro races are the most high-profile – and high-speed – events at Saturday's Twilight Criterium. Racers from around the country will speed through downtown, rounding turns over and over. Crashes do happen at these races, where one wrong move by a cyclist can cause mayhem on the course.

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Rancher Jim Cenarrusa says he sold 9,000 acres of his central Idaho ranch to the Nature Conservancy because he knows the conservation group will take care of it. The land is at the base of the Pioneer Mountains, and is home to sage grouse and pronghorn.

The family will keep a small parcel for their next generation to farm, but Cenarussa says his kids aren’t interested in carrying on the family ranch.

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Officials are once again working to restore fish habitat in the Yankee Fork basin near the central Idaho city of Stanley.

The Mountain Express reports that the restoration is part of a multi-million-dollar series of projects slated for seven years that will repair damage done by years of dredge mining.

This year, crews are putting logs in a stretch of river and modifying the channel to help return the water to more natural conditions.

Office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo

An Idaho judge has been confirmed by a U.S. Senate Committee. Now David Nye faces the full Senate. The Spokesman Review’s Eye on Boise Blog reports Nye got unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday for the job of Idaho’s next U.S. district judge.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Proponents of laws that bar transgender people from using public bathrooms and dressing rooms that conform to their gender identity are already seizing on an incident in eastern Idaho this week. A transgender woman is accused of taking pictures of a woman changing clothes in a Target dressing room in Ammon.

Boise transgender activist Emilie Jackson-Edney says it’s wrong to judge all transgender people by one person’s actions. But she says that will probably happen anyway in this case.

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The Idaho Wine Commission will be working to promote and expand Idaho's wine industry thanks to two grants from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

The Capital Press reports that the grants, totaling about $118,000, are for two of 15 specialty crop projects submitted to USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for funding approval, expected in September.

Idaho has more than 50 wineries and 1,300 vineyards. According to the wine commission, the Idaho wine industry has about a $170 million economic impact.

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