Scott Graf

News Director

Scott comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for the past eight years. He began his new position as Morning Edition Host/Senior Editor for BSPR in 2012.

Scott is a multi-award winning host and reporter who was named the North Carolina Journalist of the Year in 2007. He has produced several feature stories for NPR news magazines and he contributes to WBUR's “Only a Game” sports program.

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Kevin Vierra stands in his living room, admiring the Eagle home he bought in July. It’s full of alder wood floors and cabinets. The counters are granite. Outside, he looks over a small creek.

Vierra and his wife, Vicki, moved here from Manteca, California just three months after visiting a friend who’d already relocated to the area.  Vierra – fresh off a career as a police officer – had grown tired of his native state’s crime and traffic. Now, he uses trips to the airport, both there and here, as an example of how his quality of life has improved.

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Curt Apsey is entering his second year as the athletic director at Boise State University. The longtime Bronco was called back to the school last summer after a short stint at a small college in Montana.

Today, Apsey oversees a football program that represents a national brand. Boise State plays nearly all of its games on national TV, but has also struggled to sell out home games. And this summer, word came that the Big 12 Conference – a member of college football’s so called Power Five – was looking to expand, and that Boise State was a potential candidate to join.

Boise State Public Radio

Later today, Boise State University will host a reception to introduce one of its newest employees. Tom Michael moved to Boise in July to become the next general manager at Boise State Public Radio.

Michael’s resume includes an 11-year stint at Marfa Public Radio – an NPR affiliate he founded in remote west Texas. 

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Three U.S. Senators were in Boise Monday to restate their support of legislation that would overhaul the way the nation pays for its biggest wildfires.

Senators Mike Crapo, R-ID, Jim Risch, R-ID, and Ron Wyden, D-OR, visited the National Interagency Fire Center for the third time in support of the proposal. 

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Organizers have announced sponsorships details of a new marathon to be run this fall in Boise.

The Onward Shay! Marathon and Half Marathon is scheduled for October 30. The event will honor the legacy of runner Shay Hirsch, who died of cancer in 2014.

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Public officials, civic leaders and members of the Idaho media wrapped up a three-day conference in Boise Tuesday. Their focus: to figure out ways to make political discourse in the state more civil.

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State and federal officials in Boise announced Friday that two Adams County Sheriff's deputies involved in the shooting death of a rancher last year near Council will not face charges.

Both Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen say they will not charge deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood in Jack Yantis' November 1 death along Highway 95. Wasden's office has spent four months reviewing information provided after an Idaho State Police investigation.

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Final update: Crews reached full containment on the Table Rock Fire at 9 o'clock Thursday evening. Boise Fire officials say crews will monitor the fire through at least Friday to maintain containment. 

Update, 5:35 p.m.: Fire crews continued to make progress on the Table Rock Friday Thursday afternoon. Boise Fire Department officials said just before 5:30 that the fire is now 85 percent contained and that full containment is expected by 10 p.m.

Ada County Sheriff's Office

The Ada County Coroner's Office says the three children killed in a crash into Lucky Peak Reservoir Thursday morning died of a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning.

The office released the identities of the four victims Friday morning. The dead are 40 year-old Noel J. Voermans, 13-year-old Anika Noel Voermans, 11-year-old Logan R. Voermans and 8-year-old Gwyneth G. Voermans. 

An official at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say there are no plans right now to send resources to Canada to help fight wildfires burning in Alberta.

Boise State University

Boise State and Idaho State will hold spring commencement ceremonies Saturday. 

Boise State says 2334 students are eligible for degrees and certificates following the spring semester. All told, about 4,000 students will graduate from Boise State this academic year. 

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Fans of the University of Idaho were recently greeted with news that the Vandal program will leave college football’s highest level. The move to the lower-tier FCS follows some very challenging years in Moscow. The final straw was word earlier this year from the Sun Belt Conference that Idaho was essentially being kicked out.

Without a conference, President Chuck Staben and Athletic Director Rob Spear opted not to play a difficult schedule as an independent team. Instead, the school will accept an offer to join the Big Sky Conference in 2018.

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Two national daily sports fantasy contests have agreed to stop offering their games to Idaho consumers. 

The Idaho Attorney General’s office announced Monday an agreement with DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the settlement was reached after three months of negotiations.

“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden says in a news release.

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Today, April 20th, is a bit of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. It's a day when they get together to smoke what has traditionally been an illegal drug. That on its own is not necessarily news. 

But it is the backdrop for this notion: Idaho is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new police recruits, in part, because it's easier than ever to smoke pot legally

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Update, 5:02 p.m.: The Trump campaign has amended its website to attribute the copied content to the reporter who created the 2012 voting material. The information remains out of date and used without permission of Boise State Pubic Radio.

Orginal post: The Donald Trump campaign website has posted content copied from a 2012 Boise State Public Radio post explaining voting rules. The material was used without BSPR permission.

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Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) says he’s made no decision on a run for governor in 2018. The former state lawmaker is in his third term in Congress and says his immediate focus will be on winning re-election to the House this year, but that he’ll “have to take some serious consideration” to a potential gubernatorial bid after that.

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A forum in Boise will focus on reform in the Idaho and federal criminal justice systems.

Boise State University has revived a longtime poll.

For 21 years between 1990 and 2011, Boise State offered an annual glimpse into the mindset of the Idaho electorate. On Monday, the university’s new School of Public Service announced a 2016 version.

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Update, 1:00 p.m.: KBSS service to the Wood River Valley has been restored. The issue was resolved with the repair of the third party data line that feeds the KBSS transmitter with programming.

BSPR engineers continue to monitor the signal for quality and reliability. 

We apologize for the interruption and thank listeners for their patience. 

Original post: Work continued Monday morning to resolve the outage that’s interrupted Boise State Public Radio service to the Wood River Valley since last week.

Idaho Statesman

A reporter who’s been one of Idaho’s most widely-read journalists is stepping down next week.

For 14 years, Chadd Cripe has covered Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman. His articles and Tweets are consistently among the paper’s most popular coverage, sports or otherwise. Next week, he’ll leave the beat and cover recreation and the outdoors.

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