Wages
5:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho Women, Individuals Have Lowest Median Incomes In The Country

Idaho's median household income was $46,783 in 2013.

Census data released by the government this week show individuals and women in Idaho have the lowest median incomes in the country, while household and family median incomes are in the bottom third among states.

The data release is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Idaho's median household income in 2013 was $46,783, meaning half the residents here earned more and half earned less.

This interactive map is shaded based on median household income.

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Reader's Corner
5:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Interview With "In The Garden Of Beasts" Author Erik Larson

This Reader's Corner interview originally was broadcast in July of 2013

When President Franklin Roosevelt selected mild-mannered University of Chicago history professor William Dodd to serve as America’s ambassador to Nazi Germany in 1933, neither man had an inkling of the coming terror. In fact, Dodd accepted the post in part because he believed his light duties would allow him time to complete his exhaustive history of the American South.

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Wildfire
11:15 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Small Wildfire Sparks Southeast Of Cascade, Idaho

The cause of the Bull Fire is under investigation.
Credit Photo Courtesy Boise National Forest

A 40-acre wildfire started on the Boise National Forest Thursday southeast of Cascade, Idaho.

Forest spokesman David Olson says the Bull Fire is burning mostly in timber in a remote area away from structures.

In a press release, Olson writes 20 firefighters are working on the fire and more crews have been ordered.

The Bull Fire is burning between the Bull Creek drainage and Middle Fork Payette River. Olson says it's not clear what caused the fire and it is under investigation.

Copyright 2014 Boise State Public Radio

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Theater
10:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Growing Up In Idaho Has Shaped 'Genius' Playwright's Work

Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. He now lives in New York.
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Idaho playwright who was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant this week has traveled far from his hometown of Moscow, but continues to revisit the state in much of his work.

Samuel Hunter now lives in New York, and has a play opening this weekend in Chicago.

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Audit
10:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Audit Finds No Problems With Idaho Treasurer

Auditors for the Idaho Legislature say they have found no problems with accounting or administrative procedures at the state treasurer's office.

The audit, released Thursday, didn't find anything significant conditions or weaknesses in the general management and accounting controls of the office.

Treasurer Ron Crane says he's extremely pleased with the report, and says it shows that all prior concerns have been resolved to the Legislative Auditor's full satisfaction.

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Economy
10:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Drops As The Workforce Shrinks

Workers talk with potential employers at a Meridian job fair.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's August jobless rate ticked down a tenth of a percent after a slight increase in July. The Idaho Department of Labor reports the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.7 percent declined because 600 workers left the labor force, the second-straight month the workforce has shrunk.

Most workers hired in August filled vacant jobs. The Labor Department reports new hires were lower than August 2013.

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Air Quality
4:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

You Can Blame Idaho’s Smoky Skies On California

Credit National Weather Service

The air quality in the Treasure Valley has dropped from good to moderate, thanks to a change in winds that’s bringing in smoke from the south. The National Weather Service in Boise reports the sudden influx of smoke into Idaho is due to a change in the wind pattern.

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Culture
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Event Offers A Rare Glimpse Into Life For Boise Refugees

International Rescue Committtee (IRC) Executive Director Julianne Donnelly Tzul (far right) pictured with some IRC staff.
Credit Jodie Martinson / Boise State Public Radio

If you've wondered what life is like for Boise refugees, a local organization has put together a unique event offering a rare chance to walk in the shoes of a new Idaho refugee.

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Cobell Settlement
1:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Native Americans Getting Final Settlement Payments

Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans across the nation have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S. history.

Checks ranging from $869 to nearly $10 million were sent beginning Monday to more than 493,000 people by the administrators of the $3.4 billion settlement.

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School Funding
4:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Idaho Voters Tax Themselves $1 Billion To Fill School Budget Holes

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Since July 1, 2007 — and during Butch Otter’s two terms as governor — school districts have backfilled their budgets with more than $1 billion in supplemental property tax levies.

The amount of the levies has steadily grown during Otter’s first eight years in office. So too has districts’ reliance on these short-term voter-approved levies.

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