Idaho News

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom, KBSX, took home 17 Idaho Press Club awards on Saturday, including eight first-place prizes.

KBSX content was entered in radio, online and print categories.

Here is a full list of winners.

General Excellence – Radio

  1. Matt Guilhem – KBSX
  2. Samantha Wright – KBSX

Spot News Report – Radio

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Organizers of Idaho Gives say the day-long event to raise money for Idaho nonprofits was a success. With donations topping $1.3 million, organizers beat their goal.

A lot of born-and-raised Idahoans put a mental box around anyone who moves in from out of state. In our fifth episode, we look at that native/newcomer divide through the perspective of someone from the part of the country with the fewest people who move to Idaho.

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Attorneys for a southern Idaho school district are asking a judge to dismiss a $10 million civil lawsuit involving a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates in 2015.

The Times-News reports that the Dietrich School District made the request last week in federal court.

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Bukky Ogunrinola's mother taught her years ago to use caution in how she dressed and presented herself in public. Being a young black woman in Idaho meant living in a world where she's sometimes greeted with suspicion.

Still, the 16-year-old was stunned to wake up one cold January morning to see the windows of her family's SUV smashed and the words "go back" in white paint splashed across the vehicle.

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There’s no need to worry about the state’s largest Sequoia standing guard in front of St. Luke’s in Boise. Despite looking a little ragged, the mighty tree is doing just fine.

Fans of the Pittenger Sequoia in front of St. Luke’s have been worrying about the health of the tree after the long and harsh winter. They’ve taken to a North End Facebook page to raise their concerns about the evergreen’s brownish tinge.

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About 300 items belonging to a famed northern Idaho inventor collected during his long life are going up for auction on Saturday in Sagle.

Forrest Bird, who died in August 2015 at age 94, invented medical respirators that breathed life back into millions of patients around the world. He was also a keen aviator.

His wife, Pamela Bird, died about three months later in a plane crash.

Items in the auction range from hand tools to art to pristine vehicles, including a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Limo valued at $60,000. The auction has no minimum bid requirements.

Love and dating and finding a mate can be difficult no matter where you are. But they may be even harder if you live on a farm in Idaho. In episode four, we chat up a couple of farmers who tell their stories of dating and love and the struggle to find that 'connection' while working on a farm.

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Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company's new chief executive officer and president.

The Boise, Idaho-based memory chip maker in a statement Thursday says Sanjay Mehrotra will also be a member of the board of directors when he starts on May 8.

Mehrotra led SanDisk as a startup in 1988 until it was acquired by Western Digital in 2016.

At Micron he replaces Mark Durcan, who worked for the company for 32 years and announced his intentions to retire in February. Durcan will stay on as an adviser until August.

Greek yogurt titan Chobani is suing Alex Jones and his InfoWars website for defamation. The yogurt maker claims a video and Tweets from Jones falsely links the company to a sexual assault case involving three young refugees in Twin Falls.

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A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities thought one body was at the site in high desert sagebrush steppe discovered by state fish and game workers who stumbled across the bones while out on a routine patrol.

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A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals detailing their opposition. They argue that the law violates the First Amendment.

No groups have filed similar briefs in support of the law.

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To mark the Boise Depot’s 92nd birthday, the Union Pacific Railroad brought in a very special guest from their facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As Engine 844 made the trip from Wyoming across Idaho, the unmistakable sound of a steam whistle rang out at stops in Pocatello, Gooding and Nampa as it headed to the Boise Depot.

When it arrived in Nampa Saturday afternoon, an excited a crowd of hundreds turned out to see the massive locomotive up close.

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The highest paid employee on Idaho's payroll is eligible for bigger bonuses under a newly amended contract.

The Idaho State Board of Education agreed Thursday to up how much Boise State University's head football coach Bryan Harsin can make in bonuses each year.

Harsin will now be eligible for a $50,000 bonus if the Broncos become the champion of its six-team division. Previously, the amount was $15,000. Harsin could also see a $75,000 bonus if the team wins its athletic conference's title game — a bump from the former $50,000.

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