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Idaho Nuclear Energy
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Idaho Task Force Considers Nuclear Waste

Idaho's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission meeting on August 16, 2012.
Credit Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

A task force in Idaho today issued a first draft of recommendations that could include the shipment of spent nuclear waste into the state.

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Idaho Online Classes
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them. Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did.

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Nuclear Energy
6:09 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho LINE Commission Delays Recommendation

An Idaho task force is delaying its release of a draft proposal on ways to strengthen the state’s nuclear energy industry. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz was at the task force meeting Friday in Moscow and has the latest.

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Idaho Teachers Bonuses
5:56 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Idaho AG: Teachers Can Get Bonuses Earned Under Rejected Law

Idaho teachers who earned bonuses last year will still receive their checks, even though voters overturned performance pay in Idaho. The state attorney general's office made the call in a legal opinion released Monday. Jessica Robinson explains why it got so complicated.

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Idaho's Roadless Rule
4:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Hears Challenge To Idaho Roadless Rule

Environmental groups argue that the roadless rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.
Credit USDA Forest Service

In Portland today, a federal appeals court heard a challenge to Idaho’s roadless rule. Environmental groups argued the rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.

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Northwest Rivers Initiative
6:12 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Salmon the Focus of Northwest Rivers Initiative

The Yankee Fork Dredge is now a museum that thousands of visitors walk through each year.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Dams, agriculture, urban development -- they’ve all contributed to the loss of quality habitat for Northwest salmon. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz recently visited an Idaho river where a historic gold mine has left problems behind for salmon and steelhead. Here’s his report on what’s being done to clean things up.

The Salmon River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains, clean water and abundant fish and wildlife have attracted hundreds of people like Jerry Meyers, who calls this place home.

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Education Campaign Donors
6:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Why Idaho May Win And Lose In Fight To Uncover Donors To Education Proposition Campaign

Idaho’s Secretary of State wants a court to order a group campaigning for Idaho’s ballot referenda to reveal its donors. But making those names public before the election might be difficult. Adam Cotterell has more.

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Right To Hunt Amendment
5:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Idaho Voters To Decide Right To Hunt Amendment

The right to hunt measure would add hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho's constitution.
thekevinchang Creative Commons

Voters in Idaho will be asked next month to make some additions to the state constitution. House Joint Resolution 2 is less than two pages long and adds hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho’s Constitution.

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Idaho School Bans Book
6:06 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Idaho School Bans ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ For Sexual Content

"Like Water for Chocolate" has become a contemporary classic of Latin American literature, but has drawn complaints from some school districts in Wisconsin, Arizona and now Idaho.
Lester Public Library Flickr

A school district in southwest Idaho says the book “Like Water for Chocolate” is inappropriate for high school sophomores. It’s banning the book from the curriculum.

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Idaho Wind Energy
6:02 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Federal Energy Commission Makes Statement on Wind Energy

A wind turbine built by General Electric.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A federal energy regulator sided with wind energy producers in their dispute with Idaho Power. Earthfix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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