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3:24 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Judge Rules in Favor of “Students Come First” Law

BOISE, ID. – A District Court judge ruled today that one of the “Students Come First” laws is constitutional.  TheIdaho Education Association brought the lawsuit.

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3:31 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Feds Help Fund Idaho Biogas Project

BOISE, ID. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave five Idaho producers of advanced biofuels nearly $220,000 this week.  One of those companies received about $25,000 for turning cow manure into electricity.

Big Sky West Dairy near Gooding isn’t a typical dairy farm.  At least it doesn’t smell like one.  Bob Joblin, one of the project’s owners, says that’s what happens when gas from cow manure gets captured and turned into electricity.

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3:26 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Donated Cantaloupes Possibly Tainted with Listeria

BOISE, ID. – Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department learned today that recalled cantaloupe melons made their way to an Aberdeen food distributor.  These fruits could be contaminated with Listeria according to Emily Simnitt, a Health and Welfare spokeswoman.  She said, “Those 43,000 pounds of cantaloupe were donated to the public between the end of August and beginning of September.”

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12:06 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Health Exchanges Expedia Style

 

BOISE, Id – A group of lawmakers got together Thursday to consider what would happen if Idaho set up a health insurance exchange.  The Federal Health Care act requires states to implement some sort of exchange program by 2014.

The definition of a health insurance exchange was first up for the House Health and Welfare Committee.  Matthew Ellsworth looks at it this way.

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10:51 am
Thu September 29, 2011

What the Industry Thinks of State Insurance Exchanges

 

Boise, ID – On the same day Idaho lawmakers took up health insurance exchanges, another group of healthcare industry experts met to talk about the future of healthcare in Idaho.  Many at that meeting support the exchange idea. Scott Kreiling is president of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, one of the state’s largest insurance providers. Kreiling compares exchanges to the magazine Consumer Reports.

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3:34 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Wyoming Refinery Fire Stokes Prices at the Pump

BOISE, ID. – Idaho gas prices on average are higher than the nation’s.  The difference is nearly thirty cents per gallon.  A fire at a Stinker refinery in Wyoming is responsible according to Dave Carlson of AAA Idaho.  He says, “The very limited supplies that we already have in this region were constricted even further because you have one of the major refineries not producing anything for four weeks.”  Carlson thinks gas prices should begin to settle in the next couple of months when that refinery gets back up to speed.

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12:59 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

More of the 116th Comes Home

The final large group of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team touched down in Idaho today.  120 soldiers came back to Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington.  In addition, about 40 Idahoans remain at JBLM in the U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Unit.  Those soldiers will stay there attending to medical needs for as long as necessary, although most should be back in their Idaho homes in the coming weeks.  The soldiers spent nine months in Iraq.

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3:36 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Animal Activists May Have Caused Blaze at Fur and Fireworks Store

BOISE, ID. – Animal rights activists claim responsibility for a fire that broke out near Caldwell this morning.  Jerry Vlasak is a spokesman for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.  They received an anonymous communiqué about the fire and why the person or group set it.

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3:37 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Economic Impact of Idaho Non-Profits

BOISE, ID. – Agriculture, manufacturing, and construction – those are some industries one typically thinks of as contributors to Idaho’s economy.  But there’s another that’s oftentimes overlooked.  A preliminary study points to non-profits as a valuable jobs and income generator for the state.

Steve Peterson is a University of Idaho economist.  He says he’s written sixty economic impact studies over the years.  His latest focuses on Idaho’s not-for-profit organizations.

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1:07 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Idaho Veterans Olympics

BOISE, Id –Saturday marks the 24th Annual Idaho Veterans Olympics.  Every year, veterans and more than 700 volunteers take over the grounds of the Veterans Home off Fort Street.  Phil Hawkins is the Volunteer Activities Coordinator at the Idaho State Veterans Home.  And he’s chairing the Olympics.   Hawkins says the day starts with a Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the torch.

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4:55 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

George Prentice’s Take On TIFF

Boise, ID – The Boise Weekly’s George Prentice just got back from the Toronto International Film Festival, also known as TIFF.  It’s one of the largest film festivals in the world.  It turns out Prentice is something of a movie buff, and Emily Schwing wanted to get his take on some of the newest films to hit the silver screen.

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3:40 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

West Nile Found in Payette County Mosquitoes

BOISE, ID. – Mosquitoes trapped in Gem County tested positive for the West Nile virus last month.  Now, mosquitoes caught in Payette County harbor the disease.

Mosquitoes trapped Monday in the Killebrew area between Payette and Fruitland are infected with West Nile.  Annabel Martinez manages Payette County’s mosquito abatement program.

Annabel Martinez:  “Near the trap, we actually have a slough that runs really close to it.  And this seems to be a habitat that could potentially be a breeding site for this type of mosquito.”

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1:10 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Boise Soldier Enters Guilty Plea

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A 21-year-old soldier from Boise has pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder of an unarmed Afghan civilian. Private First Class Andrew Holmes entered his plea Thursday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The deal spares him a possible mandatory life sentence. In an interview with correspondent Austin Jenkins, Holmes expressed remorse for his involvement in the killing of a young Afghan non-combatant in January of 2010.

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3:42 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Boise Defers Fees for Commercial Development

BOISE, ID. – Bankers, developers, and city officials announced plans earlier this week to fill the Hole in downtown Boise.  The news overshadowed the Mayor’s launch of a fee deferral program for commercial developers.

Boise Mayor David Bieter chose the Zion’s Bank project as the first to take advantage of the city’s new program.

Mayor David Bieter:  “For the next six months, any commercial project that comes to us, we’ll defer those fees to the end.”

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12:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

The Airport Just Can't Get Off the Ground

Boise Idaho - Residents of the Wood River Valley have known since the mid-90s that their airport would soon be too small for their growing communities.  But what to do about that has been a sticky issue there just as long. Progress toward a replacement airport encountered some turbulence last month. Community members now are coming together to talk about what to do next.

John Strauss moved to Hailey three years ago. He runs a small flight school called Glass Cockpit Aviation. Strauss says he found himself in the middle of a long debate. It’s about building a new airport.

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4:59 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Barbara Morgan Optimistic About NASA’s Future

Boise, ID – You’ll get a chance to find out what it takes to become a NASA astronaut as part of Boise State’s NASA Day.  Barbara Morgan helped organize the event. She was NASA’s first educator astronaut in space. Now she’s an educator in residence at the university. Emily Schwing recently talked with Barbara Morgan and asked her what it means to be a part of NASA Day at a time when the space agency is going through change.

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4:57 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

NASA Day At BSU

 

NASA experts will be on Boise State’s campus to give students and faculty a glimpse of what it takes to be an astronaut.  This is all part of NASA Day at the university.  Barbara Morgan was NASA’s first Educator in Space.  Now, she works with the university.  She says NASA and Boise State have a close relationship when it comes to sharing research and ideas.

“We’re both all about the future,” she says.  “And we’re looking ahead to great partnership in many, many areas including biology engineering, chemistry and history.”

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3:45 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

ACLU and Corrections Corporation of America Reach Settlement

BOISE, ID. – The ACLU of Idaho and the Corrections Corporation of America settled a potential class action lawsuit today.  Prisoners at the Idaho Correctional Center called it “Gladiator School.”  That’s because they alleged staff failed to prevent inmate-on-inmate violence.  The Idaho facility is state-owned but privately run by CCA out of Tennessee.  Monica Hopkins, Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho, says, “They (CCA) agreed to investigate and prepare reports on all inmate-on-inmate assaults with findings and conclusions to determine the causes of each incident.

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3:51 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Idaho Unemployment Drops Slightly

BOISE, ID.

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3:49 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Crapo Co-Sponsors Bill on Algae as an Advanced Biofuel

BOISE, ID. – Idaho’s U.S.

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