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1:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Looking Forward To Valentine’s Day

BOISE, ID – Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  It’s a holiday that many retailers count on for much of their business.  More than $18 billion was spent nationwide last year according to industry analysts at IBISWORLD.  In Boise, one local chocolatier looks forward to Valentine’s Day.

Gift buying during the winter holidays is essential for retailers.  But Valentine’s Day isn’t too far behind.  Curtis Nokleby owns Lee’s Candies in Boise.

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11:18 am
Fri February 10, 2012

NTSB Releases Report Into Appleton Crash

 

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the plane crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton last week.  The one page report details the events leading up to the fatal crash of experimental plane at the Boise Airport.  The report says witnesses watched the plane take-off twice on February 3rd.  The first time, Appleton said “we’ve got a problem.”  He landed, then seven minutes later, took off again.  At which point the NTSB reports:

 

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11:12 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Avalanche Alley Reopens

Avalanche Alley opened up over the weekend, after a Friday closure.  The 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between the Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit re-opened Saturday.  It was the third time this winter the road has been closed.  45 slides have hit the roadway since November.  For the latest highway and weather conditions, call Idaho Traveler Services at 5-1-1. For online updates, visit the website at 511.idaho.gov.

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9:29 am
Fri February 10, 2012

“Add the Words” Bill Fails

BOISE, Id – An overflow crowd watched today as the Senate State Affairs Committee killed a bill that would have made it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Idaho.  The bill would have added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.  Pocatello Senator Edgar Malepeai made an impassioned plea before the committee, in favor of the bill.

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4:51 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Evict Occupy Boise Bill Amended

BOISE, ID – Idaho Senators changed part of a bill today to get Occupy Boise off state lands.  The bill no longer treats personal property as litter if protestors are evicted.   Majority Leader Bart Davis added what’s known as an abandonment period:  “Providing for a 90-day time to reclaim your property.  And if it’s not within that 90-day time period it’s abandoned.”

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1:55 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Extra Training Recommended For Lancair Plane

BOISE, ID – The National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into what caused the accident that killed Steve Appleton.  The Micron CEO was piloting a high performance aircraft from Lancair when it crashed at the Boise airport Friday.  Lancair planes have been involved in dozens of accidents since 1989.

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1:38 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Shot Fired Into University of Idaho Dorm

The University of Idaho and Moscow police are searching for answers as to what happened late Sunday night when someone fired a single shot into a residence hall. No one was injured at the Targhee Fine Arts Hall. Moscow’s police chief David Duke confirms that a shot was fired through one of the hall’s windows.  He says the 45 caliber bullet hit a light fixture and ended up in a nearby wall.  Residents report a white S-U-V was seen driving past the hall after the shooting.

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4:46 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Budget Committee Hears From Idahoans

Committee Listens to Testimony
Scott Ki/BSPR

BOISE, Id – In a rare move, Idaho’s budget-writing committee heard public testimony today for only the third time in its history.  About sixty people testified.  Most were there to address last year’s Medicaid cuts and the need for a suicide hotline.

Many of those told personal stories of how the 35-million dollar cut to Idaho’s Medicaid Program has affected them.  With the loss of federal funding, the cuts actually totaled 108-million.

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11:28 am
Fri February 3, 2012

All There Is – Storycorps Looks at Love

 

BOISE, Id – Storycorps came to  Idaho in the summer of 2008.  People from around the state came to the mobile recording booth in Boise to talk about life, family, and love.  Hazel Pace told the story of how she met her husband Bob at a dance during World War II.  She summed up their life together this way:

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11:25 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Budget Committee Hears From Idahoans

 

BOISE, Id – In a rare move, Idaho’s budget-writing committee heard public testimony today for only the third time in its history.  About sixty people testified.  Most were there to address last year’s Medicaid cuts and the need for a suicide hotline.

Many of those told personal stories of how the 35-million dollar cut to Idaho’s Medicaid Program has affected them.  With the loss of federal funding, the cuts actually totaled 108-million.

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11:11 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Meridian District Will Hold Levy

 

The Meridian School District will join Boise and several other Treasure Valley school districts in asking tax payers for more money. Meridian will hold a levy vote on March 13th, the same day as Boise. Boise planned its levy months ago. Meridian just decided this week. The city did hold a levy last May but voters opted not to tax themselves more for schools. Meridian School District spokesman Eric Exline says this time will be different. For one thing Exline says, the money would be used to restore school days that were eliminated during budget cuts.

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4:40 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Occupy Boise Faces Eviction

Scott Ki/BSPR

BOISE, ID – Occupy Wall Street sparked a national movement last fall that resonated in Idaho too. By November, Occupy Boise protestors had set up camp on state land and now some legislators want them off.  What’s happening locally reflects a national struggle where First Amendment rights conflict with rules about camping on public land.

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11:31 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Idaho Researcher Works To Create New Lung Cancer Test

 

More people die from lung cancer each year, than any other cancer.  That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  A Boise State University researcher wants to change that by developing an easy and inexpensive test for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is sneaky.  It grows inside the body quietly, usually without any warning.

Dr. Matthew Schoolfield “By the time you develop symptoms that usually means that you’re at an advanced stage…”

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4:37 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Evict Occupy Boise Bill Could Be Amended

Boise State Public Radio

BOISE, ID – Some Idaho lawmakers aren’t comfortable with a bill to evict Occupy Boise.  A Committee wants to make changes to the bill.  This could mean Occupy Boise won’t have to leave until July 1st.

About two dozen people testified before Idaho’s Senate State Affairs Committee against the bill to evict Occupy Boise.  After listening to public comments, Committee members raised concerns of their own.  Majority Leader Bart Davis, a Republican from Idaho Falls, admits when he first saw the Occupy Boise tents he was “troubled by it.”

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2:13 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Searching for Lost Apples

As we roared downstream through the River of No Return Wilderness via jet boat, skipping off rapids and dodging just-submerged boulders, I decided my imaginary movie version of this adventure should be titled Indiana Appleseed in the Canyon of Lost Treasure. Naturally it would be packed with whitewater action, pioneer spirit, hungry black bears and most importantly, a whole lot of strange apples. Continue Reading...

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2:11 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Jobless in Idaho Series

The Idaho Department of Labor estimates there are nearly 65,000 people in the state who don’t have jobs.  Tens of thousands more are either underemployed or have stopped looking for work.

Idaho is one of a handful of states where the unemployment rate has gone up since the recession officially ended in mid-2009.  Idaho’s unemployment rate climbed to its peak of 9.7 percent in early 2011, nearly two years after the recession was declared over.

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10:30 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Idaho’s First Execution in 17 Years

Amber Beierle opens an iron door with a key the size of her hand.  Beierle manages Idaho’s historic old penitentiary.  Behind this door is the room where Idaho hanged its last man.

Amber Beierle “that is where the rope would have been hanging and then there’s a lever that releases the trap door.”

This room was built in 1954 with the expectation of handling many executions. It saw only one. Raymond Snowden in 1957.

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9:32 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Living Nativity

BOISE, Id – From Radio City Music Hall to Saturday Night Live, the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus is told around the world this time of year.  And one way that story gets shared is through living nativities. These can be elaborate affairs, complete with costumes, sets, even live animals.  One church in Meridian does this to bring other churches and the community together.

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4:34 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

A Way To Break Out of Idaho’s “Low Wage Job Trap”?

Idaho Rep. Brian Cronin

BOISE, ID – Democrats in the Idaho Statehouse unveiled a jobs package today.  They call it IJOBS 2.0.  Representative Brian Cronin is minority caucus chair.  He gave an overview of six bills intended to boost economic development and Idaho jobs.  He said,  “Many of these initiatives focus on the long term task of breaking out of the low wage trap that Idaho is in.”

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11:31 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Boise Taxi Drivers May Have to Speak Proficient English

Taxi drivers in many cities across the country including Salt Lake City and Seattle are required to speak English. That requirement may soon come to taxi drivers navigating Idaho’s capitol city. Tuesday Boise’s city council hears from the public and will likely vote on an ordinance that would require them to be proficient in English.

If you want to be a taxi driver in Boise you have to take a test. It’s on Boise geography. Dawn Portugais in the city clerk’s office administers these tests. She hands me a dry erase marker and a laminated aerial map.

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