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1:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market

Habiba Abdullah prepares a Somali meal. Abdullah owns a grocery store in the market and her sons co-own the restaurant Taste of Africa.
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The Boise International Market is set to open its doors sometime in August. It will start out with 17 micro-businesses selling products from around the world. Developers hope to add more vendors soon after it opens.

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Transportation
12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1

This is a portion of I-15, which runs through part of Idaho.
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The Idaho Department of Transportation is delaying increased interstate speed limits that were originally scheduled to take effect July 1 as it looks over public comments.

Sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 were supposed to see speed limits increased to 80 miles per hour.

The department has finished a review of increasing speed limits and will present its findings in mid-July.

ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter says holding off on the increases will "allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety.”

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Wildfires
10:03 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay

Scenes like this have been rare in Idaho and other Western states this year, as the U.S. wildfire season is off to a slow start.
Credit Douglas Forest Protective Association

The number of acres burned by wildfires across the U.S. so far this year is less than half the 10 year average.

Figures from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise show 865,030 acres have burned this year throughout the country. That’s just 44 percent of the 10-year average. The 25,096 fires are 70 percent of the average.

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Arts
9:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

How The Trey McIntyre Project Ended Up $25,000 In Debt

As of July 1, the TMP dancers and staff will be out of a job. Some dancers have already signed with other companies.
Credit Trey McIntyre Project

This weekend, the Trey McIntyre Project will end its six-year run with their final performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Massachusetts festival is the first place the dance project performed as a group, so there’s some poetry in the fact it will also be the last.

What’s not so poetic is the state of the company’s finances.

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Health
3:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Receives $50,000 United Way Grant

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The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) is one step closer to being a fulltime crisis line. 

Thursday hotline staff announced they received a $50,000 grant from the United Way of the Treasure Valley. ISPH Executive Director John Reusser says the award will go a long way in helping the hotline become a 24/7 resource. He says the United Way first gave them funds when they started in 2012. 

"The United Way has been very supportive," says Reusser. "This donation will help fund operations as we get through the last leg of expansion."

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Trends
10:15 am
Thu June 26, 2014

How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America

About 25,000 people live in Rexburg, Idaho. This is a view of downtown.
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New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country. Madison County, Idaho.

To give you a comparison, the median age of the United States is almost 38. The median age of Madison County is 23-years-old. That’s the lowest in the country. And there’s one big reason.

Madison County is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Health
9:55 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Idaho Falls Chosen For $1.5 Million Crisis Center

A $1.5 million state-funded behavioral-health crisis center will be built in Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter made the announcement Thursday morning at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Boise in southwestern Idaho and Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho had also been in the running for the center.

The center is intended to serve as a safety net to treat at-risk mentally ill people whose symptoms often land them in hospitals or jail.

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Business
12:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures

By day, Miguel Gaddi is an architect, and Lori Porreca, a planner But their passion is their side business, the Boise International Market.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A construction crew is busy renovating a dilapidated strip mall on the Boise bench. It’s just a big empty space with torn up floors, but by August this will be the Boise International Market. Lori Porreca is building the market along with her partner Miguel Gaddi.

The market will be home to many small businesses, each in stalls. There will be 17 when it opens and more added later. As Gaddi stands in the main entrance of his construction project, he describes what it will be like.

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Gay Marriage
5:38 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Utah Plans To Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling After Federal Court Decision

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Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry.

Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes' office said in a statement it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The office also left open the possibility of requesting a review from the full panel of judges at the 10th Circuit.

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Wildlife Recovery
5:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judge Sets 2018 Deadline For Lynx Recovery Plan

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A federal judge says the government has until 2018 to come up with a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states.

Wildlife advocates had asked the court to force faster action for the snow-loving big cats, which were added to the threatened species list in 2000.

But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says in a Wednesday order that a January 2018 deadline proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reasonable.

Molloy also ordered the agency to submit semi-annual progress reports.

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Airline Safety
4:13 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

FAA Investigates Charter Jet That Went Off Runway In Hailey

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a chartered jet went off the edge of the runway in central Idaho.

Freidman Memorial Airport Manager Rick Baird tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the eight-passenger Learjet 60 ended up on the runway shoulder on June 17.

Baird says the safety features at the airport performed as planned.

Authorities didn't report any injuries.

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Business
1:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another

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A Ketchum bookstore will stay in business thanks to donations from its community. Last month, we told you ago about Iconoclast Books owner Sarah Hedrick and her Indiegogo campaign to save her store.

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Bowe Bergdahl
10:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Army Hasn't Yet Interviewed Former POW Bergdahl

Bergdahl, a Hailey, Idaho native, was handed over to U.S. officials on May 31 after five years in captivity.
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The U.S. Army sergeant recently released from captivity by the Taliban is in something of a legal limbo as the investigation continues into why and how he left his post in Afghanistan five years ago and ended up in insurgents' hands.

Senior U.S. Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed last week to investigate the matter. They said he has not been read his legal rights and has not asked for a lawyer.

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Public Health
10:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Anti-Smoking Group No Longer Supports An Idaho City's Proposed Ban

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Smokefree Idaho has withdrawn its support of a southwest Idaho city's proposed smoking ban after city leaders adopted a less restrictive version.

Spokeswoman Stacy Satterlee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Wednesday that the amendments the Garden City Council adopted Monday mean the ordinance no longer protects all workers from secondhand smoke.

The council moved ahead with a ban on smoking in most indoor public places but not in bars and bingo halls for people age 21 and over.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Scientists Ask Obama To Protect Old Growth Forest

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More than 75 scientists are appealing to President Barack Obama to create a policy for preserving old-growth forest.

The U.S. and Canadian scientists sent a letter to the president Wednesday urging the U.S. Forest Service to draw up plans to conserve ecosystems distinguished by old trees, accumulations of dead woody material and diversity of plant life. Most are found in the Pacific Northwest or Southeast Alaska.

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Education
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name

Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, according to the Meridian Press.

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Economy
4:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program

Idaho's Labor Dept. Director Ken Edmunds highlights details of the revamped program with Gov. Otter at his side.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Acknowledging Idaho's economic development "sins of the past" Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter unveiled a revamped business incentive program that was once touted as a job creator, but Otter now wants it viewed as a way to train workers for high-skill jobs. 

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News Awards
10:14 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Boise State Public Radio Wins 2 National PRNDI Awards

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom took home two first place awards in the national Public Radio News Directors Inc.'s (PRNDI) annual contest.

Entries from Boise State Public Radio were judged alongside other public radio stations of similar size, those are mid-sized newsrooms with four to seven full-time reporters.

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Politics
9:50 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho GOP Leaders Call Competing Meetings In Fight Over Leadership

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The Idaho Republican Party infighting that bogged down the state convention 10 days ago, continues to spill over into the summer as groups have now called two separate meetings to address the ongoing issue of party leadership.

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Policy
4:11 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Judge Sides With Idaho Tribe On Poker Dispute

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U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill has sided with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and will not issue a temporary ban on poker play at its Worley casino.

The state of Idaho filed a lawsuit last month to shut down the tribe's poker room. The state says that all poker is banned under Idaho's Constitution and by state law. Tribal representatives, however, counter that Texas Hold 'Em tournaments is not considered illegal gambling but a game of skill.

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