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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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Idaho News
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

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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

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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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