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The Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise received a $10,000 grant from Verizon Wireless to provide financial literacy education to women. The WCA provides temporary housing for families affected by domestic violence, as well as legal help and mental health counseling. But the nonprofit also sees financial empowerment as part of their mission. 

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After a U.S. Department of Justice found a Nampa polling place is inaccessible to voters with disabilities, Canyon County officials are working to make sure everyone can get inside to vote.

The Idaho Press Tribune reports that Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto is proposing a second entrance at the Southside Methodist Church after the DOJ found the church's ramp was too steep and lacked handrails.

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School officials in southwest Idaho say a bus driver slammed on the brakes when several kids were fighting, and a parent says her second-grade daughter suffered a concussion as a result.

West Ada School District spokesman Eric Exline tells KBOI-TV that surveillance video shows the bus driver did slam on the brakes Wednesday, but it's not clear why.

Kids flew forward because the bus doesn't have seatbelts. A parent says a doctor on Thursday examined her second-grade daughter and diagnosed the concussion.

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The sage grouse is one of the most iconic wildlife species in Idaho. But according to a new report, three slightly less-flashy birds are benefiting from conservation efforts aimed at sage grouse.

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A Halloween activity growing in popularity is that of cemetery tours. These guided tours are designed not only to provide a little scare, but usually include a lot of history about the cemetery and the people buried there.

Preservation Idaho, which works to preserve historic sites in the state, is hosting a tour Sunday of Boise's Cloverdale Cemetery. It’s known for its resident swans and a group of reindeer which live on the premises.

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The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility.

A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some of the defendants also were charged with possession of firearms at a federal facility and were acquitted on that count as well.

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By looking at FBI crime stats and census data, SafeWise ranked Idaho just behind Nevada and Michigan when it comes to how overworked police officers are. The report critiqued the ratio of police to residents, and found there’s one police officer to every 483 residents.

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Idaho students topped the national average in a 2015 standardized science test.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tested fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders in science — and on Thursday morning, NAEP released state results for fourth and eighth grades. NAEP tests are not given in all schools in Idaho or elsewhere, but are instead administered to a sample of U.S. schools.

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A new report says nearly 600,000 homes in Idaho are at some risk of wildfire. The data released Wednesday by real estate data firm CoreLogic shows Idaho ranks 11th in the number of at-risk homes out of the 13 Western states examined.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Idaho's so-called "right-to-work" law.

The Times-News reports that U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge on Monday granted the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the law is not unconstitutional.

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A former sheriff's deputy in central Idaho accused of stealing from a police program intended to create positive relationships with local youths has been charged with six counts of felony misuse of public funds by a public employee.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 40-year-old Chad R. Schiermeier was charged Monday in 5th District Court.

Authorities say Schiermeier stole money from the Blaine County Sheriff's Department on several occasions between 2009 and 2015.

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Both candidates vying for Idaho's First Congressional District launched new TV ads in the last week.

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Sierra Bush went missing in late September. The 18-year-old Boise State student was living with her father in Boise, where she would commute to campus. Bush – who according to the Arbiter student newspaper was known as “Simon” to friends – was found dead near Highway 21 south of Idaho City on Saturday night.

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This week, we're bringing you a series of stories on refugees in Boise. The public radio show "The World" sent reporter Jason Margolis to Idaho to learn more about how refugees are making a go of it in the city. The three reports are part of PRI's "Global Nation," a program that tells real-world stories of immigrants in the United States.

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House Minority Leader John Rusche says his campaign sent out political mailers boasting that a free-market think tank ranked him as one of the most conservative Democratic lawmakers in the state.

However, the mailer does not mention that the Idaho Freedom Foundation gave Rusche an F- this year.

The foundation releases its ranking of Idaho's 105 lawmakers every year. Legislators are docked for approving any bills that the groups perceives as growing government, raising taxes or restricting free market practices.

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Producers in the Idaho-Eastern Oregon area saw onion yields that are larger in both quantity and size this year.

The Capital Press reports that despite the bigger yields in 2016, prices dropped, meaning producers saw about break-even earnings. The Idaho-Eastern Oregon growing region has about 300 growers who produce roughly 25 percent of the United States' Spanish bulb onions.

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The College of Southern Idaho has agreed to pay a former vice president $650,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit.

The Times-News reports in a story on Tuesday that the settlement with Edit Szanto was made through the college's insurer, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program.

The college in a statement denies any liability or wrongdoing, but says it is settling to limit the costs and distraction of litigation.

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A group of lawmakers met Monday at the Idaho Statehouse to continue a discussion about a possible expansion of Medicaid.

It was the fifth time the interim legislative committee met this year to figure out a solution for the estimated 78,000 people who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on the health exchange.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says he's voting for Donald Trump after earlier this month rescinding his endorsement.

Crapo in a statement released Monday says he will vote for Trump to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming president.

Earlier this month Crapo pulled his endorsement after a video tape surfaced of Trump making vulgar and sexually charged comments about women.

Crapo said at the time he'd spent more than 20 years working on domestic violence protections and Trump's excuse of locker room talk was unacceptable.

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In the nine months since the Moscow Police Department created an internet crime position more than a dozen cases have been investigated.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Capt. Roger Lanier says there has been a national trend of using electronics in crimes, and Latah County is no exception. He says the Moscow Police Department has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the amount of electronics officers need to process since 2013.

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