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Gateway West
5:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Feds Green Light Route For 1,000 Mile Gateway West Transmission Line

Credit Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management signed off Tuesday on the route for a 990 mile long power line. But it's left two sections of the Gateway West Project, which will stretch from Wyoming across Southern Idaho, undecided.

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Health
3:05 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Idaho Health Exchange Will Keep Taxpayer Funded Contract Review Secret

Board members of the Idaho health insurance exchange said Tuesday that they will keep secret the findings of a $15,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into how one of its own members won a lucrative no-bid contract.

Your Health Idaho board chairman Stephen Weeg said the two-week-long review by a private lawyer uncovered "lapses in judgment," though nothing illegal. Exchange executive director Amy Dowd last month awarded a technology contract worth up to $375,000 to board member Frank Chan, who quit the same day the contract was announced.

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Gun Laws
10:49 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Some Idaho Lawmakers Question Concealed Weapons Exemption For Elected Officials

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A state lawmaker who lost his concealed weapons permit for lying about a decades-old felony has raised questions about a 1990 law that exempts elected officials from needing a concealed weapons permit.

Last month, the Ada County Sheriff revoked the concealed weapons permit of Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson. The permit was pulled because Patterson failed to disclose in 2012 a guilty plea and withheld judgment from a 1974 Florida rape case.

Patterson contends now he was innocent but pleaded guilty 39 years ago on his attorney's advice.

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Healthcare
10:15 am
Tue November 12, 2013

St. Luke's Trial Highlights Mixed Healthcare Messages From Federal Government

St. Luke's defended its 2012 buyout of a Nampa doctors group during a recent four-week trial. The outcome of the merger is now up to a judge.
Credit St. Luke's

A judge in Boise is now considering weeks worth of testimony in a case that could have significant effects on healthcare in Idaho and beyond. Attorneys representing several groups last week made their closing arguments against Saint Luke’s acquisition of the Nampa company Saltzer Medical Group. 

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Election 2014
9:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Another Republican May Enter Idaho's Secretary Of State Race

Credit State of Idaho

Next May's Republican primary for Idaho secretary of state could get a little more crowded, now that Ben Ysursa has opted against seeking a fourth term in 2014.

Former state Sen. Mitch Toryanski of Boise said Monday he's filing official paperwork, to allow him to begin fundraising and tour Idaho.

Already, Rep. Lawerence Denney, a former House speaker from Midvale, says he wants to be the state's top election official.

Toryanski said his listening tour, to gauge sentiment among GOP voters, will start Nov. 18, but the itinerary is still being worked out.

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Trade
8:37 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Idaho Gov. Otter Preps For Trade Mission To Russia

Idaho's largest export sector is semiconductors and industrial, worth more than $3.17 billion in 2012.
Credit Micron Technology

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is getting ready for a nine-day trade mission in Russia.

The Republican governor, his staff and Idaho business leaders will leave Boise Friday.

The trip caps a busy year of international travel for Otter, who has already made official visits to Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea.

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Airport
8:16 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Boise Airport Opens New $30 Million Air Traffic Control Tower

Credit iflyboise.com

City officials will cut the ribbon this week on the new control tower at the Boise airport. The tower is 268 feet tall, right in between the height of Idaho’s two tallest buildings in downtown Boise. The $30 million facility actually started full operations last month, about five years after construction began.

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Transmitter Status
8:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Update: Scheduled Power Outage Doesn't Impact Programming

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Update 11:15 a.m.:  Idaho Power was able to maintain power at CSI during its maintenance work which kept Boise State Public Radio programming on the air.

Original Post: Due to a scheduled power outage at CSI, listeners in the Wood River Valley, Magic Valley, and in Jackpot, Nevada may experience disruptions in regular programming.

The power outage is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. today. Idaho Power crews will be working to replace the main power lines and hope to have power restored by noon today.

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Idaho News
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Boise Police Department Begins Handing Out Bike Lights After Time Change

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After two Boise cyclists were killed by cars this fall, bike safety is getting renewed attention. Cyclists without lights are even less visible to motorists during their evening commutes with the time change.

The Boise Police Department has noticed, and has started a new initiative to make cyclists safer in the dark.

“Ada County Highway District has a supply of bike lights," says Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. "We have given them out to officers to when they contact cyclists or if they see cyclists who appear to need a light so they can hand them out.”

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Politics
9:43 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Idaho's Secretary of State Won't Seek Fourth Term

Idaho's Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
Credit Courtesy of Idaho Secretary of State's office

Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he has decided not to seek a fourth term in office.  

The veteran Republican announced his plans to step away from office Friday.

Ysursa says he thought long and hard about his future, but ultimately decided to step away from public office when his term expires in January 2015.

Ysursa is 64 years old and he has worked in the office for 40 years.

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Idaho News
4:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Idaho Coach Fired For Facebook Photo Is Challenging Decision

Laraine Cook posted this photo to Facebook. Her fiance, coach Tom Harrison, still has his job.
Credit KIDK via Facebook

The former Pocatello High School girls' basketball coach who was fired after a photograph appeared on a social networking website showing a male coach touching her chest is challenging her dismissal.

Last month, School District 25 officials fired Laraine Cook and are now seeking to have her teaching certificate revoked by the state Board of Education.

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Gay Marriage
2:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Idaho Couples Sue State Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Amber Beierle is a historian who works for the state of Idaho. She says her lawsuit won't have any impact on her work.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Four Idaho couples are suing the state over its ban on same-sex marriage. They asked the U.S. District Court Friday to declare Idaho’s prohibition unconstitutional.

The suit says Idaho’s laws which prohibit gay couples from getting married, and prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states, violate equal protection and due process guarantees.

Two of the couples have been legally married in other states and two have tried to get Idaho marriage licenses and been denied.

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Reader's Corner
12:37 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Vatican Expert Talks Change In Papacy

As the former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, few understand the inner workings of the seat of Roman Catholicism better than John Thavis. His book reveals that Vatican City’s public image of power, hierarchical authority and reverence for the past often masks a disorganized, inept and uncertain organizational culture.

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Idaho News
8:39 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Nation's Two Largest Private Prison Operators Don't Want To Run Idaho Prison

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The two biggest private prison companies in the nation say they don't want the contract to run a troubled Idaho prison, and that could shrink the pool of potential bidders to just two smaller companies.

GEO Group sent a letter to Idaho Department of Correction officials last month to say thanks but no thanks to the chance to bid on a contract to run the Idaho Correctional Center. Corrections Corporation of America, which currently operates the facility, has also said it won't seek a new contract when its current $29-million-a-year deal with the state expires next summer.

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Health
8:28 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Report: Most Idaho Kids Don’t Get Screened For Developmental Problems

Developmental screening questionnaires ask about children's fine and gross motor skills as well as cognitive and social skills.
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Less than 30 percent of Idaho kids get developmental screenings recommended by doctors. That’s according to a report out this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get screened for developmental problems at nine-months-old, 18-to-24 months and at 30 months.

Perry Brown, pediatric education director at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho says those screenings are questionnaires doctors give to parents. Brown leafs through a file and pulls one out for parents of a 24-month-old.

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U.S. Senate
3:54 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Idaho Senators Vote Against Gay Rights Bill

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Idaho's Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against today's historic vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, that gives workplace protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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Station News & Notes
1:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Help Keep Public Radio Strong In Idaho

We know public radio is important to you. Boise State Public Radio's audience continues to grow as we reach more Idahoans over the airwaves and right here online. In order to keep our signal strong across the southern and central part of the Gem State, we need your help in making sure lawmakers know how important this public service is to you.

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Election
9:53 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A Coin Toss Will Decide Small Idaho Town's Next Mayor

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The next mayor of a small southern Idaho town will be decided with a flip of a coin.

Albion city clerk Mary Yeaman told The Times-News that votes were evenly split for Don Bowden and John Davis in Tuesday's election, so she will be flipping a coin to break the tie.

The date for the coin toss hasn't been set, though state election law says it should be done during a meeting held within about a week of the election. Yeaman, who has been clerk for 12 years, says she's never had to break a tie before.

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Insects
9:40 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Spread Of Invasive Stink Bugs Alarms Farmers, Scientists

Invasive stink bug on an olive branch in the Willamette Valley.
Credit Vaughn Walton / Oregon State University

A malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest farmers and gardeners. The name of this insect is a mouthful: the brown marmorated stink bug.

Researchers say the population really seems to have taken off this year. With the approach of winter, these stink bugs are leaving the fields and may just crawl into your home.

"A little bit like sweaty socks"

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Transmitter Status
9:28 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Salmon, Challis Stations Back On Air

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Update, 3:30 p.m.: The Salmon station is back on the air.

Thank you for your patience.

Original Post: Early Thursday morning we received a report that Salmon 91.9 FM went off the air. Since the Salmon station feeds 89.7 FM in Challis, both aren't available over the air right now.

Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of the outage and are working to fix both signals as quickly as possible.

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