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Equality Index
9:09 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Boise Doubles Its Score On Gay Rights Index, Still Lower Than Region

About 150 people attended last year's Boise City Council meeting when the non-discrimination ordinance was approved. The measure passed unanimously, and helped the city gain points on the HRC municipal index.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

If this were math class, Boise would have failed its latest test.

Boise got 56 points out of a possible 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) municipal equality index. This is the second year the national gay rights advocacy group has ranked Idaho's capital.

The DC-based organization looked at policies in all the capital cities in the country, as well as each state’s largest towns.

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Transmitter Status
11:17 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Update: HD Jazz Station Back On Air

Updated, Dec. 3 2:30 p.m.: Boise State Public Radio's HD Jazz station, KBSU HD2, returned to air Tuesday afternoon.

Thank you for your patience.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio's HD Jazz and KBSU HD2 stations are currently off the air and we're working to fix the issue.

Engineers are aware of the problem.

However, our web streams are still available. You can listen here.

StoryCorps
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

An Interview With Story Curator David Isay And Why He Published An Idaho Tragedy

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Credit StoryCorps

The national project that records and archives oral histories has released a new book detailing stories of gratitude and inspiration, including one story from Idaho you may remember.

StoryCorps is in its tenth year and its latest collection of stories is called “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.” 

David Isay founded the StoryCorps project, and says this book is different from past books.

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Reader's Corner
12:57 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Interview With "In The Garden Of Beasts" Author Erik Larson

When President Franklin Roosevelt selected mild-mannered University of Chicago history professor William Dodd to serve as America’s ambassador to Nazi Germany in 1933, neither man had an inkling of the coming terror. In fact, Dodd accepted the post in part because he believed his light duties would allow him time to complete his exhaustive history of the American South.

The reality of Hitler’s Germany, as experienced by Dodd and his family during his four years as ambassador, is detailed in a book by today’s guest, Erik Larson.

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Music
11:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Listen: Singer-Songwriter Jeff Crosby Performs On Idaho Music

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby is a native Idahoan, but now calls Los Angeles homes.

Crosby is back in Idaho for a series shows in Boise and Sun Valley. Crosby recently stopped by KBSU 90.3 fm to perform on Idaho Music.

Crosby plays at Boise's The Reef Friday night. He'll be in Sun Valley and Ketchum on Saturday. Crosby is also touring in Montana, Washington and Oregon. You can find his tour dates and download music, here.

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Music
11:13 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Listen: Jonathan Warren And The Billy Goats Perform On Idaho Music

Two members of the group, Jonathan Warren and David Sather-Smith. Drummer Andrew Smith isn't pictured.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise band Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats describe their music as "progressive psycobilly folkgrass." It's an amalgamation of many things, as their self-described genre suggests.

The three band members (which includes a cello!) stopped by KBSU 90.3 to perform music from their latest album, "On This Very Evening."

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah: How One Boise Family Is Celebrating This Rare Holiday Mash-Up

Traditional Hanukkah decorations are mixed with Thanksgiving decor at the Geffon house.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

You’ll find menorahs all over Dorothy Geffon’s immaculate Boise home. These candelabras are the symbol of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each night of the eight-day festival, Jews light one candle or oil-light. Some of Geffon’s menorahs are traditional. Others…not so much.

Take the wind-up one that hops around on little plastic legs. “This I have for the little kids,” she says. “It’s fun for the youngest grandchildren.”

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Idaho Politics
12:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Lacking "Fire In The Belly" Idaho's Ysursa Opts For Retirement

Ben Ysursa has been Idaho's Secretary of State since 2003. He recently announced he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says his recent decision not to run for a fourth term in office came down to one question.

"Did I have the inner zeal in my body, the fire in the belly to run?" Ysursa says. "I just didn't feel it. I was hopeful I'd catch the bug but I didn't. I was convinced a year ago I wasn't going to run. And then others started working on me a little bit. It was a tough decision."

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Transportation
9:10 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Map: Proposed Megaload Route Will Wind Across Southern Idaho's Backroads

This is a similar over-sized shipment that traveled through Idaho earlier in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Giant pieces of equipment headed for Canada's oil sands are expected to travel through southern Idaho once the oversized gear makes its way across Oregon.

Omega Morgan, a trucking company hired, was forced to choose a new route for moving its so-called 'megaloads' through Idaho after a judge blocked plans to ship the loads over U.S. Highway 12.

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Economy
8:57 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Idaho Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest Level Since 2006

An employer talks with a job seeker at an Idaho job fair.
Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's unemployment insurance claims dropped to their lowest level since 2006, a year of strong economic growth that preceded the deep recession that began in December 2007.

The Department of Labor said Monday it paid 7,462 regular benefit claims during the third week of November, 14 fewer than that week in 2006.

The amount paid was still 23 percent higher than 2006, however, because the average benefit is $25 higher this year at $255, reflecting benefit increases over the past seven years.

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Taxes
3:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Tax Commission Reminds Holiday Shoppers To Pay Their Idaho Sales Tax

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With Cyber Monday less than a week away, holiday shoppers are busy buying gifts online. But many shoppers don’t realize if they purchase items on the Internet, they still owe the state some money.

It’s called the use tax and it’s been around since 1965. It applies to anything you buy over the phone, mail-order, or the Internet. It’s the same rate as the regular sales tax, 6 percent.

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Policy
10:08 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hailey, Idaho Bans Cedar-Shake Shingles To Prevent Wildfire Damage

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The Hailey City Council has voted to prohibit the use of cedar-shake shingles on rooftops in the wake of last summer's large wildfire.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the council made the decision early last week.

The new rule exceeds the Wildland Urban Interface Code by prohibiting cedar-shake shingles entirely.

The 170-squre-mile Beaver Creek fire destroyed one home and threatened hundreds of others until it was contained in early September.

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Idaho News
10:05 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Boise Rescue Mission To Open Canyon County Shelter

The Boise Rescue Mission has finalized a deal to buy a facility in Nampa to house 60 women and children.

KTVB-TV reports the deal completed Friday will fill a need throughout Canyon County and will be the only shelter of its kind in Nampa.

The new facility will be called the Valley Women and Children's Shelter.

The building used to house the Valley Crisis Center, but that closed several months ago.

Politics/Policy
1:03 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Sen. Fulcher Officially Launches Campaign For Idaho Governor

Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, speaks to supporters at an event Saturday morning in Meridian. Fulcher is launching his run for governor in three events across the state.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

“My name is Russ Fulcher and I’m running for governor.”

Those words from Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, Saturday morning kicked off what promises to be a fierce battle for Idaho’s top executive position over the next five months.

The five-term senator will challenge fellow Republican and two-term incumbent Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May primary.  Dozens of supporters attended the event held in a Meridian hotel conference room. 

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Reader's Corner
3:42 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Author Explores WWII Story "Frozen in Time"

In November of 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight crashed into the Greenland ice cap, setting in motion an extraordinary chain of events. Four days after the crash, a B-17 searching for the missing cargo plane also went down in a blinding storm.

All nine crew members survived the crash, and an amphibious Grumman Duck was sent on a daring rescue mission to bring them home. After picking up one member of the B-17 crew, the rescuers of this third flight flew into a severe storm and vanished.

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Unemployment
12:07 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Idaho’s Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly In October

Job seekers speak with potential employers at a Meridian, Idaho job fair.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's jobless rate held steady in September, and dropped slightly in October. The Idaho Labor Department reports the unemployment rate was unchanged from August to September at 6.8 percent. It fell in October to 6.7 percent.

Normally, jobless rates come out once a month. Friday’s two-for-one report was released because of the partial government shutdown over the first two weeks of October.

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Poverty
5:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Homeless Numbers Drop In Idaho, So Does Money To Help Them

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You might look at Thursday's announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as good news and bad news for Idaho. First the good news. Between 2010 and 2013 Idaho saw a 24 percent drop in homelessness. That’s more than 560 fewer people living on Idaho’s streets. Nationally, homelessness decreased by 6 percent.

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Idaho Power
5:40 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Idaho Power's CEO Plans To Retire At Year's End

LaMont Keen has led Idaho Power since 2006.
Credit Courtesy of Idaho Power

Idaho Power Co. Chief Executive Officer J. LaMont Keen is retiring at year's end, to be replaced by the company's chief financial officer. Darrel Anderson will step in for Keen Dec. 31.

The state's largest utility made the announcement on Thursday. In a press release, the chairman of the board of directors of IDACORP and Idaho Power, Robert Tinstman, said the company is grateful to LaMont for his more than 39 years at Idaho Power. Keen has led the company since 2006.

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Health Insurance
2:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Director Is Pleased With Initial Enrollment

Amy Dowd is director of Idaho's insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho.org.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Since Idaho’s health insurance exchange launched on October 1, just 7 percent of applicants chose to enroll for subsidized coverage. Amy Dowd is at the helm of operating Idaho's marketplace, and she's pleased with enrollment in the first month.

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Science
1:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Idaho’s Sky Would Look Like If Earth Had Saturn's Rings

Noted science and science fiction artist Ron Miller did several works imagining Earth with Saturn-like rings which went viral a few years ago. At 38 degrees latitude Washington DC would see a bit more of the rings than Boise would at 43 degrees.
Credit Ron Miller

Look south and imagine the bottom-tenth of the sky blocked by a striped arch like a colossal wall on the horizon. That’s what it would look like from Idaho if Earth had rings like the planet Saturn.

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