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8:12 am
Thu November 7, 2013

After Recent Deaths, Boise Bicyclists Come Together To Make The Roads Safer

A diverse crowd packed into the Boise Bicycle Project for a meeting on bike and pedestrian safety in the Treasure Valley.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

About 80 people crammed into the Boise Bicycle Project Wednesday night. The diverse crowd included drivers and cyclists of all ages and affiliation – but there was a common theme.

“We are in this together," says Lisa Brady with the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TVCA). "There is no driver out there that wants to hit a cyclist, and no cyclist that wants to be hit by a driver.”

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Education
8:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Idaho Students' Math And Reading Scores Remain Stagnant

Credit nationsreportcard.org

In just four years Idaho fourth and eighth graders have gone from above average standardized test scores to average, that's according to a U.S. Department of Education study out today.

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Research
12:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

BSU Researchers Find Road Noise Keeps Birds Away From Boise’s Foothills

Migratory songbirds, like this red-naped sapsucker, were caught and studied along the Phantom Road in the Boise Foothills.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Last December, we told you about Idaho researchers studying the impact of road noise on animals in Boise’s Foothills. Project Director Jesse Barber, Associate Professor at Boise State University, built a “phantom road” in the forest. Now, study results are in.

Researchers found that road noise did have an effect on birds. 

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Boise
11:11 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Boise Mayor Bieter Disappointed In Bond Failures, But Says Another Try Is Possible

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Fire Chief Dennis Doan wait together for election returns Tuesday night at the Basque Center in Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s mayor says he’s disappointed that the two bond proposals failed in his city Tuesday, but he’s also encouraged by how many residents voted for the measures. 

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Weather
11:10 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Watch: This Is What Winter's Arrival Looks Like At Idaho's Redfish Lake

Credit Redfish Lake Camera Screengrab

The National Weather Service office in Boise grabbed a slick time-lapse video of Redfish Lake, Idaho over the weekend. The three-day lapse captured by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association web-cam shows fog dancing across the lake and a glimpse of winter.

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Idaho News
9:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Idaho Innocence Project Loses Funding, Won't Take New Cases

The Idaho Innocence Project has lost its primary source of funding and won't take on any new cases.

Director Greg Hampikian told Boise television station KBOI that the U.S. Department of Justice declined to renew the organization's two-year $220,000 grant.

Hampikian says he's now scrambling to raise money, and though the group has enough cash to finish working on two current cases it won't take on any new work.

The Idaho Innocence Project attempts to use DNA evidence to help free people that the group deems wrongfully convicted.

Transmitter Status
8:17 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Update: KBSU HD2 Jazz Station Returns To Air

Update, Nov. 7, 3:35 p.m.: KBSU HD2 Jazz is back on the air.

Thank you for your patience.

Original Post: KBSU HD2 Jazz station is currently down. An issue with the equipment at our headquarters in Boise means the station will require a reboot at the transmitter site.

Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working to fix the issue.

We will update this page when we have more information.

Election Results
7:57 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Voters In Hailey And Ketchum Approve Tax Increases To Entice Airlines

Credit BigDubya / Flickr Creative Commons

Residents in Ketchum and Hailey have decided to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.  

The decision green lights a 1 percent sales tax on lodging and rental cars. Ketchum's vote also adds a 1 percent retail sales tax. Groceries and gas, however, won't be included in this. 

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Election Results
7:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Mayors In Ketchum, Nampa And Moscow Lose Election As Voters Back Challengers

Bill Lambert ousted Moscow's mayor Tuesday night.
Credit Glenn Mosely

Election day in Idaho saw a few shakeups for some incumbent mayors. That was the case in Ketchum, where mayor Randy Hall lost to challenger Nina Jonas.  

The same thing happened in Nampa where voters had four mayoral candidates to pick from. They elected Bob Henry as Nampa’s new mayor over incumbent Tom Dale.

Meanwhile, Moscow’s mayor Nancy Chaney is out of a job as voters selected challenger Bill Lambert as the town’s new mayor. That race was dominated by concerns over economic growth in the city that is home to the University of Idaho.  

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Boise
7:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Boise Bonds Fail Despite Getting A Majority Of Votes

The Yes Yes for Boise banner comes down as Tuesday night's pro-bond party disperses.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise residents voted down two bonds Tuesday. Together they would have generated more than $30 million for the city’s fire and parks departments and for buying land to set aside as open space.

More than 60 percent of Boise voters cast ballots in favor of the bonds. But the bonds needed a two-thirds majority to pass. Fire Chief Dennis Doan wanted the $17 million from the fire bond to build a new training center and upgrade and replace some old stations.

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Gay Marriage
6:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Why Idaho’s Tax Change For Married Gay Couples Could Set The State Up For A Lawsuit

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Legally married gay couples can file federal taxes together, regardless if it's legal in the state they live in, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a ban on federal benefits for gay couples is unconstitutional.

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Policy
3:14 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Olympic Runner And Boise Native Nick Symmonds Advocates For Handgun, Assault Rifle Ban

Symmonds, pictured crossing the finish line, ran for the University of Oregon.
Credit Phil Roeder / Flickr Creative Commons

Boise native Nick Symmonds took fifth place in the men's 800 meter run at the London Olympics last year. Now, he's advocating for strict rules on who can own handguns and assault-style rifles in the U.S.

This isn't the first time Symmonds has gotten political. In August, Symmonds criticized Russia's anti-gay legislation by dedicating a medal he'd won in that country to his gay friends back home.

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Policy
2:15 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

How To File Your Taxes In Idaho When You're Gay And Married

The Idaho Tax Commission
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer on gay marriage, it opened the door for same-sex couples around the country who can now file federal taxes together, no matter what state they live in.

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Idaho News
11:51 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Evel Knievel's Snake River Jump Site Now Part Of Twin Falls

Credit ChadH / Flickr Creative Commons

Evel Knievel's 1974 Snake River jump site and 425 acres along the Snake River Canyon are now part of the Twin Falls city limits.

The city council on Monday unanimously approved annexing the land, which includes the Centennial Trail and the city gun range.

The city obtained the property in a 2012 land swap. With daredevils seeking to use the Knievel site to launch a rocket across the canyon, city officials want to make sure they have full jurisdiction over the site.

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Immersion School
9:01 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Idaho’s First Public Native American Language School Works To Preserve Shoshone Culture

Abrahamson tells some students a traditional story in Shoshone. She acts out the different characters. Here she's playing a bear.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This new kindergarten classroom on eastern Idaho’s Fort Hall Indian Reservation looks and feels much like any other. Tiny tables and chairs fill the room, bright drawings and artwork hang on the walls, and small coats hang on low-to-the-ground hooks. It’s the sound of the classroom that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

About 30 five-and-six-year-olds are learning to speak Shoshone.

“Benna, ne naniha J.J.”

“Ne naniha Miley.”

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Health Insurance
6:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

With An Unreliable Federal Health Exchange Website, Idaho Offers Old-School Solutions

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Because the federal heath insurance exchange website has been plagued by troubles including outages, the head of Idaho's marketplace says the state is stepping up to make it easier for people to sign up for health insurance.

Amy Dowd leads Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance exchange. Until next year, Idaho is using the federal portal to sign up consumers online.

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Election
5:42 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Sun Valley Tax Votes Shine Spotlight On Challenges Facing Small Town Airports

File photo of planes waiting for a take off slot at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.
Credit DieselDemon / Flickr Creative Commons

A ballot measure in the Sun Valley area is emblematic of the challenges facing small airports across the West. Residents of Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho decide Tuesday whether to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.

Voters in the neighboring Idaho resort towns are being asked to raise the lodging and rental car tax, and in the case of Ketchum add a 1 percent retail sales tax, although groceries and gas would be exempt from the higher tax.

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Christmas Tree
2:38 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Northwest Christmas Tree Starts Long Journey To Congress' Front Lawn

The 2013 Capitol Tree, from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington, is prepared for loading onto a truck
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country road trip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

This year's Capitol Tree is a carefully chosen spruce from Washington's Colville National Forest. And this is no logging operation. 

For starters, this year's tree is on Kalispel Tribe ancestral land. So on the chilly morning of the cutting ceremony, members of the tribe performed a blessing.

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Policy
2:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Idaho's 7-Day Limit On Rallies Ruled Unconstitutional

Occupy Boise's 2012 encampment lasted seven months outside the Idaho Capitol.
Credit Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge rejected some rules governing protests on state property surrounding the Capitol in Boise, concluding a seven-day limit on rallies as well as possible restriction-waivers for some groups but not others failed to pass free-speech muster.

The "Occupy Boise" protests that prompted this two-year-old litigation vacated the old Ada County Courthouse's grounds last spring.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's latest decision further clarified how activists can — and can't — use the Capitol Mall properties.

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Terrorism
1:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Boise Lawyer Defends His Work On Behalf Of Accused 9/11 Mastermind

Boise lawyer David Nevin is defending accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Credit Screengrab from '60 Minutes'

Five years ago, Boise defense lawyer David Nevin announced he would defend accused terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed is considered the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Mohammed along with other accused 9/11 terrorists are being held in Camp 7 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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