Idaho

Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Credit Army Medicine / flickr

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 


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WWII Japanese Camp Presevation
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Preserve WWII Japanese Internment Sites, Federal Government Awards Grants

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho. She has worked on numerous internment camp excavations, including at Granada Relocation Center and Manzanar Relocation Camp.
Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


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Aurora Borealis
6:07 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

A Aurora Borealis over North America in 2008.
Credit NASA / http://www.nasa.gov/

The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
6:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Idaho Gay Marriage Case Heard in Appeals Court

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco, California.
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in California on Idaho’s gay marriage lawsuit. A lower federal court has already ruled that Idaho’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. 


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Idaho Obesity Rates
6:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Idaho Is The Most Obese In The West

Screenshot of the interactive obesity chart on The State Of Obesity's website.
Credit The State Of Obesity / http://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/

New figures on weight show Idaho stands out among Western states - but not in the way public health officials would like. 

Idaho was the most obese state west of the Dakotas and one of only six states nationwide where adult obesity rose between 2012 and 2013, jumping nine places on the list. It's an annual ranking by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report shows nearly 30 percent of adults in Idaho are obese.

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Idaho Medicaid
7:41 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental-Health Providers

Taylor Moore, a 30-year-old Boise resident with a mental-health diagnosis, reads questions on a vocational-rehab services application at the library in Downtown Boise, with assistance from Maegan Wagner, his community-based rehabilitation services worker through Idaho Behavioral Health. The agency has experienced a pattern of problems over several months getting paid for a variety of services, sometimes getting pennies back on a $100 claim. Optum Idaho said it has corrected the problem.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The state’s effort to rein in Medicaid costs has created deep friction between small businesses that deliver behavioral-health services to Medicaid patients and a new contractor hired to manage them.

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Water Rights
6:35 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Idaho Set To Begin Negotiations Over Water Rights

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The state of Idaho is preparing to establish water rights in the northern part of the state. It's a relatively water-abundant area, not prone to the sort of conflicts that have erupted elsewhere like Oregon's Klamath Basin. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the negotiations could have implications for flows across the border to Washington.

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Idaho Republican Party
6:36 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Here’s What Happens Now After Judge Says Idaho Republican Party Has No Leader

Barry Peterson, left, talks with Gov. Otter the day after the GOP's May primary.
Credit Emilie Ritter-Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A judge ruled Tuesday that Barry Peterson is not the chairman of Idaho’s Republican Party and that there is no chair. Last month’s contentious state GOP convention ended without finishing any of its business including electing a new chair. Peterson maintained that meant he was still in charge. Now that the court has ruled otherwise Adam Cotterell looks at what comes next.

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Juvenile Solitary Confinement
7:37 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Lawyers Fight To Move Accused 15-Year-Old Killer From Solitary Cell

An example of a solitary confinement cell.
Credit Chris Gray / Flickr

In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. Eldon Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March. Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Worst Northwest Fires
9:02 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Of The Worst Fires In Northwest History

The Big Burn of 1910 devastated northern Idaho. This is the result of a wildfire "hurricane" in a heavy stand of Idaho white pine on Little North fork of St. Joe River, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1910.
Credit Library of Congress

The Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County is now the worst fire in Washington history. It has burned more than 238,000 acres of land, and is believed to have destroyed between 150 and 200 homes, killing one person. As firefighters work to contain the blaze, we’d like to take a look at some of the other fires that have raged across the Northwest to see how it compares.

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