Idaho

Wolverine Threatened Status
7:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

A close-up shot of a wolverine.
Credit Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming. At present, the fierce and rare carnivore is making a slow comeback in the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

As Washington Pot Goes On Sale, Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Shopping Trips

106 pounds of confiscated pot.
Credit Idaho State Police

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state. But police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there. Law enforcement worry people will try to sneak pot products across the border – or worse, the legal market in Washington will seep into the black-market. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho, where the contrast in pot laws is especially stark.

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Bergdahl Celebration
6:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, canceled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey.

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America's Youngest Coutny
7:17 am
Thu June 26, 2014

How Madison County, Idaho, Became The Youngest Place In America

The Rexburg Idaho Temple. Rexburg is home to BYU Idaho.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is right here in the Northwest. And it’s not in an urban area. It’s in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country. Madison County, Idaho. Correspondent Jessica Robinson explains.

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Worker Training Program
8:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program

Idaho's Labor Dept. Director Ken Edmunds highlights details of the revamped program with Governor Butch Otter at his side.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

One of Idaho’s only business incentive programs is getting a facelift.

Emilie Ritter Saunders explains the nearly 20-year-old program was meant to lure businesses to the state, now, that focus is changing.

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Charter Schools
6:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

An annual survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers found that the closure rate for charter schools in 2013 was 3.3 percent.
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About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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Idaho Unemployment
5:12 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Idaho's Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent
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From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent. It marks the first time in nearly six years the jobless rate has been that low. It's the ninth straight month total employment set a record.

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Idaho GOP
5:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Does Idaho GOP’s Inner Turmoil Matter Outside Political Circles?

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party are set to gather this weekend in Moscow.
Credit Idaho Republican Party

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party gather this weekend in Moscow. It’s expected to be a much calmer event than the Republican convention the week before. That convention left Idaho Republicans still debating who the party chair is after their convention devolved in chaos. And they still don’t have a new platform.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Northwest News Network

Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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Foster Care Case
7:19 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four and a half years Butler fostered her.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's child welfare service exploded into the public sphere. A foster mom in Rathdrum in north Idaho says the state made a terrible mistake when it took her foster daughter away after four years in her home. Correspondent Jessica Robinson brings us this glimpse into the life-changing decisions the state has to make about children – where often there are no easy answers.

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