Treefort Fest
11:34 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Takes Off In Its Third Year

Treefort Music Fest organizers Eric Gilbert (left), Lori Shandro and Drew Lorona take a break from planning the third annual festival.
Credit Frankie Barnhill

West Coast music festivals like Sasquatch and Coachella are mainstays in the industry, attracting some of the biggest names in the business and fans from all over the country.

But this weekend, a newer music festival in Idaho is beginning to make a name for itself among music trendsetters.

Flying under the radar

Three years ago, Lori Shandro could never have imagined she’d be producing a music festival with more than 350 bands.

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Idaho Legislature
11:14 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Idaho House Passes $1.37B Budget For Schools

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Lawmakers in Idaho's House of Representatives have approved the state's public schools budget, including a 1 percent pay increase for teachers and administrators and money to improve classroom technology.

The House passed the $1.37 billion budget in a series of seven bills on Wednesday evening. The money represents about a 5 percent increase over last year. It now goes to the Senate.

Supporters said they felt it was important hold some money back this year to rebuild the state's coffers in case the economy again turns sour.

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Treefort Fest
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

9 Things To Do At Boise's Treefort Music Fest

Credit Treefort Music Fest

Alright Boise, the wait is over. The third annual Treefort Music Fest is in full swing, and there's a lot of options. Like, a lot.

But instead of giving you music recommendations, we thought we'd try something different. Here's some ideas for unique experiences that Treefort has to offer -- in no particular order.

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2014 Election
3:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson

Mitt Romney campaigned in Idaho during the 2012 presidential race.
Credit Screengrab from KBOI2

If there’s one place failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can still be effective, it’s in Idaho. The former Massachusetts governor won nearly 65 percent of Idaho votes in the 2012 presidential race.

Thursday, he’ll ask Idahoans to re-elect two-time Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Romney hosted a high-end fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls Wednesday.

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Transmitter Status
3:08 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Updated: Brief Outage To Occur In Twin Falls, McCall

Updated 4:02 p.m.: Engineers have finished moving the Twin Falls and McCall equipment. All stations are on the air. Original Post: As part of Boise State Public Radio's move into our new broadcast facility, engineers are about to move the circuits that feed our stations in Twin Falls and McCall. We anticipate those stations will be down for less than an hour as we make the switch. The stations impacted include:

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Idaho Legislature
11:53 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tax Incentive Plan Passes Senate Again In Revote

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho tax incentive bill is again bound for the governor's desk after sponsors say they've addressed concerns from the attorney general's office.

The bill, which would give up to 30 percent in tax incentives to job-creating businesses, already passed the Senate Monday.

But Senate leaders called for a revote after the attorney general's office released an opinion saying it could leave Idaho on constitutionally shaky ground.

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Audit
10:53 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Report: Idaho Doesn't Know Total Cost Of Death Penalty

A new report from Idaho's state auditors shows that sentencing a defendant to life in prison without parole is more expensive than imposing the death penalty.

But the Office of Performance Evaluations also found that the state's criminal justice agencies don't collect enough data to determine the total cost of the death penalty. Hannah Crumrine and Tony Grange presented the report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.

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Idaho Legislature
10:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Former State Senator Hides In Statehouse Closet

Credit Idaho Legislature

Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The Spokesman-Review reports that LeFavour, a Boise Democrat, was discovered late Tuesday afternoon in a closet in the Senate lounge behind the Senate chamber.

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg says he asked her to leave and she complied.

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Policy
8:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Why Medical Marijuana Legalization Has No Traction In Idaho

Various strains of medical marijuana on display at a California convention.
Credit Audio Vision, Public Radio / Flickr Creative Commons

Four of Idaho's six neighboring states allow some form of legal marijuana use. Oregon, Nevada and Montana allow medical marijuana while Washington recently legalized pot for most residents. In each of those states, voters approved legalizing marijuana, but in Idaho, the issue has gotten nowhere.

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St. Luke's Lawsuit
4:35 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

St. Luke's Gets $10 Million Bill After Failed Lawsuit

Credit St. Luke's Health System

St. Luke's Health System has been handed a $10 million bill for a lawsuit the hospital lost, according to the Idaho Statesman.  

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