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Idaho Legislature
4:09 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State Workers Urge Idaho Legislature To Consider Pay Increases

State workers lamented wages falling further behind their private sector peers and urged a legislative panel to bring their salaries up — or risk losing employees to better-paying endeavors outside Idaho government.

Donna Yule, Idaho Public Employee Association dirctor, urged the Change in Employee Compensation Committee Wednesday to begin a three-year program of raising worker salaries.

Excluding benefits, Yule said, it would cost just over $16 million annually — but the expenditure would buttress morale that's taken a hit since the recession began in 2008.

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Recreation
10:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Bogus Basin Gets Much Needed Snow, All Runs Now Open

A web cam at Bogus Basin showing new snow Wednesday morning.
Credit Bogus Basin

Wednesday morning’s snow caused a lot of problems for Treasure Valley drivers, but area skiers now have a reason to celebrate.

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Water
4:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study

This is an historic image of the Arrowrock Dam on the Boise River. It was constructed between 1911-1915.
Credit WaterArchives / Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter aims to build billions of dollars in new or expanded Idaho dams, to capture more water in his state's drought-stricken southern desert for crops, cities and flushing endangered salmon to the sea.

He's asking lawmakers to give him $15 million down payment for, among other things, studying whether a new era of dam building make sense, given somebody will have to pay for it.

One project he's pushing, a new Weiser River dam, could be used for everything from flood control to electricity.

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Wildlife
3:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Conservation Groups Sue Over Idaho Wolf Kill Plan

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Some conservation groups are suing federal and state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in central Idaho.

The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.

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Election
1:40 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Idaho Falls Teacher, Democrat Announces Her Second Bid For Superintendent Of Schools

Jana Jones ran for the office in 2006.
Credit Courtesy Jana Jones

Longtime educator, consultant and Democrat Jana Jones is the first candidate to announce a run for Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Jones ran for the office in 2006 and narrowly lost to current Superintendent Tom Luna by just 2.5 percent.

Jones says the public has lost trust in Luna after his battles with teachers groups and others over his Students Come First laws. Voters repealed those laws in 2012.

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Idaho Legislature
12:09 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Idaho Democrats Say GOP Majority Is 'Starving Schools'

Democrats blasted Republicans during their annual response to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's State of the State speech, charging the majority party with "starving schools."

At a press conference Tuesday, House Minority Leader John Rusche, from Lewiston, and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, criticized Republican claims that education funding cuts over the last five years resulted from the "Great Recession."

Rusche and Stennett countered these cuts were "choice, intentional and deliberate."

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Idaho Budget
9:46 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. Otter Aims To Boost Idaho Spending By 3.7 Percent In 2015

Gov. Otter (center) delivered his 2014 State of the State speech in Boise Jan. 6.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Under Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's fiscal year 2015 budget, state spending will grow 3.7 percent to $2.9 billion as Idaho's economy recovers.

Otter told lawmakers Monday he's sticking to a fundamental principle: Keeping the growth of government below the pace of the economy.

In the year starting next July, Otter's financial aides predict Idaho's general fund revenue will rise by 6.4 percent to $3 billion.

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Dance
6:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Trey McIntyre Project Plans To End Full-Time Dance Company

Credit Trey McIntyre Project

Boise's dance world was rocked Monday.

After six years in Boise, the nationally-acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will disband it's full-time dance troupe in July.

Choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre will remain in Boise but his focus will shift to include other creative pursuits, like film and photography. Here's more from Monday's press release:

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Transmitter Status
2:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Jazz Web-Stream Gets An Upgrade

This post was updated Jan. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio's online jazz stream has been upgraded and is fully functional.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio engineers are upgrading the jazz web-stream, which means you can expect intermittent outages.

Work to upgrade the jazz web-stream will begin  Monday and should be finished within a couple of days.

Thank you for your patience as we work to make the jazz web-stream even better!

2014 Legislature
2:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Idaho Governor's Budget Targets Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi

Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, (left) and Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, (right) escort Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter into the House chambers.
Credit Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

For those seeking a catchy slogan for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 2015 budget, they could do worse than "wolves, water and Wi-Fi."

The Republican governor Monday told legislators that those three things will be among his priorities for the coming fiscal year, starting in July.

Otter called for $2 million for a new Wolf Control Fund, something he sees necessary to keep the number of predators in check.

Idaho now has 680 wolves.

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2014 Legislature
1:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Read: Idaho Gov. Otter Delivers His 2014 State Of The State Address

Idaho lawmakers listen to Gov. Otter's State of the State speech.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter kicks off the 2014 legislative session with his annual State of the State speech at this hour.

Otter's speech is heavy on education, and increasing education funding. He's also using the speech to coin a new idea, instead of K-12 education, Otter says the state needs to think of public education as K-Career. "It is a formula that emphasizes local autonomy and accountability as the keys to success not only for our schools but also for our communities, our economy, and most importantly for our students," Otter says.

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Television
6:45 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Go Behind-The-Scenes At Boise's 'Antiques Roadshow' Taping

David Rago says he's been in pottery and porcelain for more than four decades and with Antiques Roadshow from the beginning.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

April and Andy Davis don’t have many antiques. The couple doesn’t have much money to spend on collecting and they do have a 2-year-old, Hudson, who will pull down anything not nailed to the wall. But April Davis has been watching PBS' 'Antiques Roadshow' since she was a kid.

The popular public television show travels the country to appraise antiques people bring to the event. Some of the antiques, and their owners, end up on the program talking about their treasures and the stories behind them.

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Idaho Legislature
9:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Education, Healthcare Likely Hot Topics During 2014 Idaho Legislature

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The 2014 Idaho Legislature kicks off Monday with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter’s annual State of the State speech. 

Lawmakers will look at a variety of issues this year, from the budget to education, all through the lens of primary elections, which come up in May.

Boise State University Political Science professor Gary Moncrief says lawmakers will look closely at a couple of issues: healthcare and education.

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Business Success Of LEGO With Author David Robertson

It’s hard to image a world without LEGO’s. The plastic building blocks have been a foundation of children’s imaginative play for nearly 60 years. But back in 2009, LEGO nearly was no more.

After enjoying years of success, the company found itself in the midst of a digital revolution that had changed the nature of play and made the company’s most reliable customers — 10-year-old boys — a lot more fickle. Global competition also had heated up, and in 1998 LEGO suffered its first major loss in company history.

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Medicaid
4:33 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Idaho Republicans Trim Expectation Of Medicaid Expansion

Republicans dampened expectations about broadening Medicaid eligibility this year, saying they want to overhaul Idaho's existing system to encourage beneficiaries to take more responsibility.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill told reporters Friday taking more federal money without revamping government-backed health care for the poor and disabled wasn't acceptable.

President Obama's health care overhaul envisioned adding more low-income single people to the entitlement program, but the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision up to states.

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Winter Olympics
11:51 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Idaho Hockey Player Gets A Second Chance At The Olympics

Hilary Knight is a forward for the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team that will compete in the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
Credit USA Hockey

Sun Valley resident Hilary Knight will compete this year with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team along with 20 other players. The announcement came New Year’s Day in Michigan during the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. 

Knight says she was notified a week ago that she’d made the team, but had to keep it secret until Wednesday.

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Idaho Prisons
11:33 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Gov. Otter Orders Idaho To Take Over Management Of Privately-Run Prison

Credit Idaho Statesman

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Friday told lawmakers and media the state will take over management of a prison that's been operated by Corrections Corporation of America for several years.

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Courts
10:07 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Federal Judge Halts Part Of Boise's Panhandling Ordinance

Credit SalFalko / Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has halted part of Boise's new anti-panhandling ordinance. The ordinance was set to go into effect Thursday.

Boise approved the ordinance in September to crack down on aggressive panhandling.  The tougher rules make a first offense an infraction when panhandlers seek handouts while someone is crossing a roadway or near a sidewalk cafe. 

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State Revenue
4:06 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Idaho's Rainy Day Account Could Fund State Government For 15 Days

Idaho state lawmakers return to session Jan. 6.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

If forced to pay its bills using reserves, Idaho could've funded state government for 14.7 days last fiscal year. That data has been collected and analyzed by The Pew Charitable Trusts for all 50 states, going back to fiscal year 2000.

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Medicaid Study
1:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Increased ER Visits

Idaho has not expanded Medicaid coverage to more low-income people.
Credit Chealion / Flickr Creative Commons

A new study has found that previously uninsured people who were given health coverage through Medicaid used the emergency room 40 percent more than others who weren't able to join the program.

The findings were published Thursday by the journal Science. They suggest that hospitals and health officials around the nation need to be prepared for an increase in emergency room trips as millions of Americans gain insurance this week under the federal health care law, many of them through Medicaid.

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