News http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Imagining A Post-Antibiotic Future With Maryn McKenna http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/imagining-post-antibiotic-future-maryn-mckenna <p>Antibiotics are ubiquitous in modern human life. Along with their well-known medical applications, they also are routinely used in agriculture, including our increasingly industrial production of meat.</p><p>But as resistant strains of bacteria continue to emerge, health authorities around the world are growing alarmed at the increasing impotence of antibiotics to fight disease. In fact, they worry we are on the verge of a total breakdown in the overall usefulness of these drugs. It’s a scenario of horrifying scope to those who understand the implications for human health.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 51403 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Imagining A Post-Antibiotic Future With Maryn McKenna Why It Took 27 Years And $94 Million To Complete Idaho Water Rights Adjudication http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-it-took-27-years-and-94-million-complete-idaho-water-rights-adjudication <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The largest-ever review of water rights claims wrapped up in Idaho this week. A project that started in 1987 ended Monday when a judge signed the final decree of the <a href="http://www.srba.state.id.us/">Snake River Basin Adjudication</a>.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:53:07 +0000 Scott Graf 51385 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why It Took 27 Years And $94 Million To Complete Idaho Water Rights Adjudication Missing Montana Student Died In Car Crash http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/missing-montana-student-died-car-crash <p></p><p>A California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise.</p><p>Custer County Coroner Vicki Armbruster says 21-year-old Lucius Robbi of Orleans, California, died on Aug. 19 of blunt force trauma that happened when his car went off Highway 21 and down a 60-foot embankment.</p><p>A private helicopter hired to join the widespread search for Robbi spotted the tip of a kayak in the trees near the Stanley Lake turnoff on Thursday.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:50:32 +0000 Associated Press 51381 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Missing Montana Student Died In Car Crash Ada County Mistakenly Revokes Voter Registrations http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-mistakenly-revokes-voter-registrations <p></p><p>Ada County officials say they mistakenly revoked 765 voter registrations and are working to get them restored.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane <a href="http://bit.ly/1vUjx3F" target="_blank">tells the Idaho Statesman</a> that workers discovered the mistake Thursday.</p><p>He says the revocations happened when workers compared Ada County voter registrations with registrations from 27 other states that's part of a process to remove duplicate registrations.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:44:32 +0000 Associated Press 51380 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ada County Mistakenly Revokes Voter Registrations 9 Boys Pulled From Polygamous Home In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/9-boys-pulled-polygamous-home-idaho <p>A polygamous man who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on repentance missions by Warren Jeffs has pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1lyR1nN" target="_blank">The Idaho State Journal reports</a> that Nathan C. Jessop entered his plea Thursday in Pocatello. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years' probation.</p><p>The nine boys were pulled out of a Pocatello home last month after the alleged abuse was reported by a boy who escaped.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:56 +0000 Associated Press 51357 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Researcher Finds Most Kids Like Healthier School Lunches http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-researcher-finds-most-kids-healthier-school-lunches <p></p><p></p><p>Most Idaho kids went back to school this week, meaning for many, a return to school lunches. Food in public schools has changed significantly since <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-26/pdf/2012-1010.pdf" target="_blank">new federal nutrition guidelines</a> were passed in 2010.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:37:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell 51257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Researcher Finds Most Kids Like Healthier School Lunches After Failed Bond, West Ada School District Will Try Again http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/after-failed-bond-west-ada-school-district-will-try-again <p>The West Ada School District will run another bond issue in an attempt to ease overcrowding issues.</p><p>But first, district officials want to look at the ingredients of a bond proposal — and crunch the precinct-by-precinct numbers from Tuesday’s vote.</p><p>“The kids aren’t going away and the need isn’t going to decrease,” West Ada Superintendent Linda Clark said Wednesday.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:30:37 +0000 Kevin Richert 51289 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org After Failed Bond, West Ada School District Will Try Again USDA Launches New Dairy Insurance Program http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/usda-launches-new-dairy-insurance-program <p></p><p>U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.</p><p>The program is a kind of insurance that pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrink to a certain level. It replaces a program that paid farmers when milk prices sank too low.</p><p>Dairy farmers have struggled in recent years even with good milk prices. Feed costs have risen because of demand for corn from the ethanol industry and recent droughts.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:08 +0000 Associated Press 51326 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org USDA Launches New Dairy Insurance Program Feds Investigate Idaho Medicaid Mental-Health Contractor For Privacy Violations http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-investigate-idaho-medicaid-mental-health-contractor-privacy-violations <p></p><p>A federal agency is investigating whether the company Idaho hired to manage part of its Medicaid program has violated patient-privacy laws.</p><p>Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, took over insurance management for Idaho Medicaid's mental-health and substance-abuse patients last fall.</p><p>Local health-care providers who treat those patients say Optum has erroneously sent them reports meant for other providers. The reports show patient names and mental-health or substance-abuse services the patients received or were authorized by Optum to receive.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Audrey Dutton 51272 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Investigate Idaho Medicaid Mental-Health Contractor For Privacy Violations Concordia Law Dean Confident Boise's School Will Get Accreditation http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/concordia-law-dean-confident-boises-school-will-get-accreditation <p>It has been a tense few weeks at Boise's Concordia School of Law. Faculty and students had hoped to hear earlier this month if the American Bar Association (ABA) would grant it provisional accreditation. Instead, the ABA decided it needed more time to consider and would send someone to Boise for a closer look at Concordia.</p><p>But the ABA didn’t tell school administrators why it wanted closer scrutiny or give a timeline for when things might move forward. But now Concordia dean Cathy Silak says the ABA told her Tuesday it will send a fact-finder in September.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:03:51 +0000 Adam Cotterell 51290 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Concordia Law Dean Confident Boise's School Will Get Accreditation How Do You Say That? 9 (More) Idaho Place Names Only Idahoans Can Pronounce http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-do-you-say-9-more-idaho-place-names-only-idahoans-can-pronounce <p></p><p>Idahoans are passionate about how to say the places in which they live. We learned that earlier this month <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-do-you-say-10-idaho-places-only-idahoans-know-how-pronounce?nopop=1" target="_blank">with a post</a> about the 10 places only Idahoans know how to pronounce.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:58:02 +0000 Samantha Wright 51198 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Do You Say That? 9 (More) Idaho Place Names Only Idahoans Can Pronounce Idaho Ag Group Says It Never Meant To Deny Access To Dairies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-ag-group-says-it-never-meant-deny-access-dairies <p><em>&nbsp;This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. Aug. 27, 2014. </em></p><p>The Idaho dairy industry group <a href="http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/08/26/3342107/idaho-dairy-org-tells-farmers.html?sp=/99/101/531/" target="_blank">that sent a letter</a> to its members urging them to deny media tours and on-farm interviews now says it never meant to deny access.</p><p>Tuesday, after the Associated Press reported the letter was sent to 500 dairies, a public relations firm followed up with this statement from United Dairymen of Idaho CEO Karianne Fallow:</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 51197 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Ag Group Says It Never Meant To Deny Access To Dairies Voters Reject $104 Million Bond For Idaho's Largest School District http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/voters-reject-104-million-bond-idahos-largest-school-district <p></p><p>A $104 million bond that would have helped the West Ada School District address overcrowding failed Tuesday. It needed a two-thirds super majority to pass, but failed with 63 percent of the vote.</p><p><a href="http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/08/27/3343223/west-ada-school-bond-defeated.html?sp=/99/1687/&amp;ihp=1" target="_blank">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> the school's superintendent says overcrowding won't be going away, and the district will need to attempt the bond measure again.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:15:36 +0000 Scott Graf 51260 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Voters Reject $104 Million Bond For Idaho's Largest School District Idaho's New GOP Chairman Promises To Leave Personal Politics Out Of His Job http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-new-gop-chairman-promises-leave-personal-politics-out-his-job <p>The new leader of Idaho's Republican Party says the GOP is beginning to heal after a chaotic state convention in June, and a summer full of fighting <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party" target="_blank">that ended in court</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:47:14 +0000 Scott Graf 51253 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's New GOP Chairman Promises To Leave Personal Politics Out Of His Job Winter Or Wildfires? See When Treasure Valley Air Is Most Polluted http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/winter-or-wildfires-see-when-treasure-valley-air-most-polluted <p></p><p>The Treasure Valley has seen a handful of wildfire-induced <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-surrounded-wildfires-smoke-could-be-here-weeks" target="_blank">hazy days this summer</a>, but it's been nothing like 2012 or 2013 when big wildfires around the region brought smoke into Boise and surrounding communities, settling in the valleys and making it hard to breathe.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:19:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell & Emilie Ritter Saunders 51160 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Winter Or Wildfires? See When Treasure Valley Air Is Most Polluted Special Idaho Court A Model In Fight Against Domestic Violence http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/special-idaho-court-model-fight-against-domestic-violence <p>Rick and Tess laugh a lot. After 22 years together, they finish each others sentences and tease each other constantly. “I’ve got the one-in-a-million,” says Rick of his wife. “Yeah, me too,” laughs Tess.<strong> </strong>The pair's marriage hasn't always been easy, three years ago Rick was arrested on domestic violence charges.<br /><br />Rick and Tess didn’t want to use their real names, but they did want to talk about their experience with Ada County’s domestic violence court. This special court has become a model for judges around the country in the fight against domestic violence.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:35:50 +0000 Samantha Wright 51029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Special Idaho Court A Model In Fight Against Domestic Violence Boise Mayor Appoints 22 Students To City Positions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-mayor-appoints-22-students-city-positions <p></p><p>Nearly two-dozen Boise high school students are getting a little extra civics homework this year.</p><p>Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has appointed 22 students to serve on various city boards, commissions and committees over the course of the school year.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:37 +0000 Associated Press 51141 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Mayor Appoints 22 Students To City Positions Idaho Lawmakers To Examine Endowment Land Investments http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-examine-endowment-land-investments <p></p><p>An interim committee of Idaho lawmakers tasked with determining if Idaho endowment lands are being managed properly to generate revenue is scheduled to meet for the first time Thursday.</p><p>Republican Rep. John Vander Woude of Nampa is co-chairman of the committee.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1pVK53I" target="_blank">He tells the Lewiston Tribune</a> that the entire endowment of land and investments is worth more than $3 billion but only generates about $50 million in annual payouts to public schools, universities and other trust beneficiaries.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:52:01 +0000 Associated Press 51137 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental Health Service Providers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/medicaid-payment-woes-plague-idaho-mental-health-service-providers <p></p><p></p><p>The state’s effort to rein in Medicaid costs has created deep friction between small businesses that deliver behavioral-health services to Medicaid patients and a new contractor hired to manage them.</p><p>Service providers across Idaho have raised complaints over the last 11 months that the contractor, Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, has created red tape and cut services needed by at-risk patients.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Audrey Dutton 51068 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental Health Service Providers Understanding Russia's Modern History With Author Daniel Treisman http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/understanding-russias-modern-history-author-daniel-treisman <p>Generations of western leaders have puzzled over how to manage their nation’s relationship with Russia – and headlines in recent months, especially from Ukraine, have only deepened this long-standing challenge.</p><p>But Daniel Treisman,&nbsp;in his book "The Return: From Gorbachev to Medvedev," argues that western notions about Russia as an antagonistic and autocratic behemoth are, at best, oversimplified.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 51028 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Understanding Russia's Modern History With Author Daniel Treisman