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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has created a Task Force on Higher Education that he hopes will increase the amount of workers who have post-high school education.

The Idaho Statesman reported Sunday that the task force is a reaction to short progress made toward the state's goal to ensure 60 percent of its workforce between the ages of 25 to 34 have post-high school education by 2020. The rate has risen from 38 to 42 percent since the goal was established.

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A proposed for-profit osteopathic medical school in Idaho may have to delay its opening date a year if a national accreditation agency does not sign off on its plans this month.

That could postpone other projects, including a proposed $3 million expansion to Idaho State University's anatomy and physiology laboratory that the new school plans to fund and use.

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Entergy Nuclear Operations shut down its Vermont power plant in 2014. But much of the waste from the facility remains, including 200,000 gallons of low-level radioactive water. The company applied for permission to truck the water across the country to a site near Grand View, Idaho, about 40 miles south of Boise.

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Boise State Public Radio’s new podcast Some of the Parts just launched. It tells the stories of small groups of people in Idaho. It’s hosted by KBSX’s reporter-turned-podcaster Adam Cotterell. He told Morning Edition host Matt Guilhem that the project was born from a desire to do what Cotterell likes to call, “founding principles reporting.”

Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, above Boise, Idaho, April 2017.
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Hadi Partovi is the CEO and founder of Code.org, a nationwide non-profit that encourages young students to take up computer programming. He also launched an annual event called Hour of Code.

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For 140 students in Cassia County, the school day doesn’t end with the afternoon bell. And the school year continues past spring.

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Any other year, August 21 would be just another day, but this year a once-in-a-lifetime event falls on the date. A total solar eclipse will cross the continental U.S., and Idaho is one of the best places to view it. Four months out, lodgings for visitors are scarce.

With the path of totality cutting directly through the Gem State, eclipse enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Idaho.

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Boise officials have hired a contractor to clean up lead and other debris that's accumulated at a police shooting range in the foothills on the north side of the city.

City spokesman Mike Journee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Friday that Metals Treatment Technologies will be paid about $50,000.

Journee says the company will evaluate what is required to do a more thorough cleanup of the area that's been used as a shooting range since 1960.

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Idaho’s legislative delegation in Washington, D.C. is weighing in on Thursday’s missile strikes against a Syrian airfield. The pinpoint military action used 59 cruise missiles to blast an airfield in Syria said to be the site where planes carrying chemical weapons were based.

Boise River, Flooding
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release even more water from Lucky Peak Dam next week, up to 8,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Wednesday. Flood stage is considered to be 7,000 cfs, and was reached a month ago. Before they do that, a team led by engineers from the federal agency in Washington will help put up a levee to protect parts of Ada County near Eagle Island.

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Homeless people in Boise face many challenges, including where to sleep, where to find food and how to get around. But one homeless advocate found that one of the biggest challenges of being homeless is proving who you are. Getting a legal, photo ID, if you don’t have one, can be almost impossible.

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Officials in northern Idaho say thousands of gallons of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake.

KREM-TV reports that the Hayden Lake Recreational Water and Sewer District was notified Wednesday of the sewage spill. The sewage seeped up from the ground due to a faulty sewer service connection.

District representatives estimate that 3,500 to 17,000 gallons of sewage was released into the lake.

The lake has since been disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and does not pose a known threat to the public.

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During a hearing yesterday in New York City, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sierra Bush declared his innocence before being extradited to Idaho.

Bruce Marchant arrived back in the Gem State just after midnight Thursday to face charges in connection with the rape and killing of Boise State student Sierra Bush.

Wednesday, as authorities led Marchant out of a Manhattan court room, he asked if anyone present was a reporter. He then declared he wasn't guilty of rape and murder.

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A key legislative leader is promising to reintroduce a proposal amending Idaho's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.

Senate Majority Caucus Chair Todd Lakey said Thursday he will bring back his proposal during the 2018 legislative session after his first version was spiked by a House committee earlier this year.

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Scientists from Boise State University and the University of Washington are studying a newly found group of planets around a nearby star. They’ll talk about their research Friday night in Boise. Turns out, these planets are good candidates for hosting life outside Earth.

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Juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating out of the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows this year face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging gas bubble trauma.

But fisheries managers say special features at dams meant to reduce nitrogen will help young fish make it to the ocean and predict survival this year will be about average based on previous high-flow years.

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Flooding along the Boise River continues to get worse. Another section of the Greenbelt, this time near Veterans Memorial Park, was closed Tuesday. More emergency declarations were issued and a special team from the Army Corps of Engineers was deployed to Boise.

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The Owyhee Project provides water from the Owyhee Reservoir to almost 1,800 farms in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. But despite ample snow and rain this winter, the irrigation district will charge $4 more per acre for water this season.

That’s because the irrigation system is in need of repairs, according to the Capital Press newspaper. The Owyhee project was built in 1932 and is close to reaching its expected life span.

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Boise’s Interfaith Sanctuary is holding a musical benefit Thursday night at the Record Exchange. Its directors say they’ve changed how they look at homelessness and now rely more than ever on the generosity of the community.

Interfaith Co-Director Jodi Peterson says in the past, the Sanctuary had two licensed social workers to serve 164 guests at night at the shelter. But Peterson says that wasn’t enough. So they upped the budget from $650,000 to one million dollars, and now employ 10 case managers.

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Shaimaa Khalil of the BBC World Service and her team are leaving London and coming to Idaho to see how the first 100 days of the Trump Administration are playing out, and they want to hear from locals.

For their special series "The Response - America's Story," the BBC wants our listeners to answer the following question: As the new President approaches the 100 days point, what's your story of the last 100 days? Whether it's political or personal, tell us a story about what's happening in your life."

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