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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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IJOBS 2.0.
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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1:41 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

An Idaho Military Chaplain Helps Families Who’ve Lost Soldiers

 

Earlier this month, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kenneth Cochran from Wilder, Idaho was killed in Afghanistan.  The funeral took place Sunday (January 29, 2012)  inside his old high school gym in Parma.  Chaplain Robert Morris helped with that service. He’s a military chaplain for the Idaho National Guard. Morris actually helped deliver the news to Cochran’s family that their son had been killed.  He talks with Sadie Babits about what it’s like to help families deal with such news. He begins by explaining that his heart pounds when he goes to a family’s door.

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creating yet another map
12:07 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Commission Makes Third Attempt to Craft Idaho’s Political Map

BOISE, Id – After a couple of weeks of political theater, the group tasked with re-drawing Idaho’s political lines gathered this morning to start creating yet another map. The Idaho Redistricting Commission’s last legislative map got tossed out by the state Supreme Court for splitting too many counties. Gary Moncrief is a political science professor at Boise State University and he’s been watching this process closely.   We begin with hearing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa as he welcomed the Commission this morning…

foreign-born workers in Idaho
11:50 am
Thu January 26, 2012

The Dollars And Cents Of Immigrant Workers In Idaho

Priscilla Salant of the University of Idaho

BOISE, ID – Put aside for a second the debate over immigration reform.  Instead, focus on dollars and cents:  What would happen to Idaho’s economy with less foreign-born workers?  One scenario concludes the impact would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  That’s what some lawmakers in the state legislature heard today

It’s the first study to look at the economic impact of foreign-born workers in Idaho.  That’s according to Brent Olmstead.  He’s a lobbyist for a group called the Idaho Business Coalition for Immigration.

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11:48 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Idaho House Votes to Evict Occupy Boise

Scott Ki/BSPR

BOISE, Id – The Idaho House voted today for a bill to evict Occupy Boise from state land.  The legislation to outlaw the group’s campsite is on the fast track through the Idaho Legislature.  Several Representatives argued against it, including Boise Democrat Phylis King.  She said the bill was too harsh.

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11:38 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Idaho House Votes To Evict Occupy Boise

 

BOISE, Id – The Idaho House voted today for a bill to evict Occupy Boise from state land.  The legislation to outlaw the group’s campsite is on the fast track through the Idaho Legislature.  Several Representatives argued against it, including Boise Democrat Phylis King.  She said the bill was too harsh.

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11:37 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Luna Wants Money Back In Salaries

 

Boise, ID – Idaho’s schools Superintendent has asked lawmakers to increase the money they send to schools by 4.7%. Tom Luna had asked for more than five percent back in September, but he’s adjusted for a drop in the state’s revenue estimate. One thing Luna is not adjusting is his insistence that lawmakers replace cuts made last year to the chunk of money the state puts aside for teachers’ salaries. That money was taken to pay for Luna’s Students Come First education overhaul. Restoring that money for salaries may hold the key to gaining teacher support for the laws.

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11:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Commission Makes Third Attempt To Craft Idaho’s Political Map

 

BOISE, Id – After a couple of weeks of political theater, the group tasked with re-drawing Idaho’s political lines gathered this morning to start creating yet another map. The Idaho Redistricting Commission’s last legislative map got tossed out by the state Supreme Court for splitting too many counties. Gary Moncrief is a political science professor at Boise State University and he’s been watching this process closely.   We begin with hearing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa as he welcomed the Commission this morning…

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1:08 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Idaho Student’s Crusade Against Cursing

B-Y-U Idaho student McKay Hatch is on a mission to stamp out swear words. The eighteen year old made news when he boycotted last week’s Wednesday episode of ABC’s sitcom Modern Family because of a bleeped curse word. Hatch has actually campaigned against cussing since 2007. He was in junior high at the time in California and he was tired of hearing the profanity in his school. So he founded the No Cussing Club. That club now has more than 30 thousand members.  Hatch explained why this particular episode of Modern Family caught his attention.

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2:09 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Mix Of Precip On The Way

BOISE, ID – A warm front is headed to Southeast Oregon and Southwest Idaho Tuesday and Wednesday.  That will cause a mix of precipitation according to Megan Thimmesch of the National Weather Service in Boise.  She says, “Depending on where you’re located you may see rain, rain and snow, or possibly even freezing rain which is expected in the Baker County Valley and the Upper Weiser Basin.”

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11:40 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Legislative Committee Votes To Evict Occupy Boise

 

BOISE, Id – Occupy Boise protesters are a step closer to being evicted off state land.  Lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee voted today for a bill that would do just that after three days of testimony. The vote was 13 to 5 to outlaw camping, effectively closing down the Occupy Boise protest. Protesters have had a tent city on the grounds of the old Ada County Courthouse for three months. All four Democrats on the committee voted against the legislation, and one Republican, Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls.

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a step closer to being evicted
11:32 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Legislative Committee Votes to Evict Occupy Boise

Samantha Wright/BSPR

BOISE, Id – Occupy Boise protesters are a step closer to being evicted off state land.  Lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee voted today for a bill that would do just that after three days of testimony. The vote was 13 to 5 to outlaw camping, effectively closing down the Occupy Boise protest. Protesters have had a tent city on the grounds of the old Ada County Courthouse for three months. All four Democrats on the committee voted against the legislation, and one Republican, Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls.

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11:41 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Occupy Boise Protesters May Have To Move

 

BOISE, Id – The House State Affairs Committee heard more testimony today on a bill to evict Occupy Boise from state land.  It would outlaw camping at the Occupy Boise site across from the Statehouse. Protesters have pitched tents there for three months now.  Almost everyone who testified at today’s hearing was against the legislation.  Occupy Boise supporters argued they aren’t camping nor are they criminals.  Ann Hausrath, a Boise resident and former city council member, said she was impressed by Occupy Boise.

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appointees say they can’t be fired
11:27 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Idaho Republicans Remove Two Redistricting Commissioners

Samantha Wright/BSPR

BOISE, ID – Idaho’s Redistricting Commission meets Thursday to draw a new legislative map.  But just who will be on the Commission, is anybody’s guess.  The Idaho GOP removed two Commissioners Monday.  But those appointees say they can’t be fired and they won’t resign.

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bill to evict Occupy Boise
11:24 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Occupy Boise Protesters May Have to Move

BOISE, Id – The House State Affairs Committee heard more testimony today on a bill to evict Occupy Boise from state land.  It would outlaw camping at the Occupy Boise site across from the Statehouse. Protesters have pitched tents there for three months now.  Almost everyone who testified at today’s hearing was against the legislation.  Occupy Boise supporters argued they aren’t camping nor are they criminals.  Ann Hausrath, a Boise resident and former city council member, said she was impressed by Occupy Boise.

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Occupy Boise protestors off state land
11:16 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Occupy Boise Hearing Gets Emotional And Briefly Out Of Order

BOISE, ID – Some Idaho lawmakers want to evict Occupy Boise protestors off state land.  Friday, they heard from the public on a bill that would do just that.

Occupy Boise set up tents three months ago on the grounds of the Old Ada County Courthouse.  That land is owned by the state of Idaho.  Dana Jablonski from Marsing says she camps there on nights and weekends when she can.

Dana Jablonski:  “My tent is representing me, my voice, here in Idaho.  I feel that that is outside your window because I can’t occupy your office with a lobbyist.”

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redistricting map is unconstitutional
11:10 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Redrawing Idaho’s Political Map Gets Complicated

BOISE, Id – The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state’s current redistricting map is unconstitutional.  The plan splits up twelve counties, and the Justices said that was too many.  Thursday they echoed that decision, when they ruled in favor of a second challenge…this time from North Idaho counties. Now the commission tasked with creating political lines goes back to the drawing board next week to come up with a new plan. Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief has watched all this all play out.  He told Samantha Wright that the first map almost never makes the c

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