Jessica Robinson

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Wildfire Season
3:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs

File image
Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock U.S. Air Force

The federal government is already predicting this fire season will push firefighting resources almost $500 million over budget.

The cost of fighting wildfires has been steadily rising over the last two decades. And now, a new study finds a prevention tactic for fireproofing homes isn’t helping to bring those costs down.

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Generation M
3:19 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Millennial v. Boomer: Daughter And Mom Compare Notes On Life At 21

Zara and Julie Palmer.
Jessica Robinson

If you want to know what the United States is going to be like in 30 years, you had better look to the generation that's under 34 right now.

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Sexual Assault
7:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

WSU, U-Idaho Under Investigation For Sex Assault Complaints

Washington State University

Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases.

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Controversial Book
7:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho. 

The move is in reaction to the Meridian School Board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.

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Oso Slide
8:12 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

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Law
11:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lawsuits: 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Mercy For Animals

 

A lawsuit led by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new so-called “ag-gag” law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses.

And Idaho's law isn't the first to be challenged on free speech grounds.

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Guns On Campus
10:43 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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Wanapum Dam
12:17 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public

Grant County engineers have lowered water behind the Wanapum Dam to ease pressure on the crack in part of its spillway.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:46 pm

Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.

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Government Shutdown
3:55 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown

Mount Rainier National Park
Karl S. Johnson Flickr

Towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. But surrounding communities say the shutdown wasn't a complete loss.

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Northwest Farmers
4:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From WIC Nutrition Program

Matthew Mead AP Photo

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC. And it will cover all fruits and veggies — all but potatoes.

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Affordable Care Act
9:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

FILE - Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, second from left, and other members of the House of Representatives leave after the Republican-controlled House voted to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers.
J. Scott Applewhite AP Photo

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country, second only to Vermont.

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Agriculture & Animals
10:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead

U.S. Agricultural Research Service

A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House.

What critics call the "ag gag" bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls. Farmers say they need protection from what they call "vigilante" tactics.

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Prisoner Of War
12:20 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Idaho Family 'Cautiously Optimistic' Prisoner Swap Will Bring POW Home

AP Photo

 

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap. 

Bergdahl has been a captive of the Taliban on the border lands of Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly five years, and past attempts at negotiations have stalled out. 

The idea of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl has been talked about for years, most recently as a way to open broader peace talks with the Taliban. But such an endeavor required a delicate balance with the Afghan government and talks never got off the ground.

Now, the Washington Post reports, U.S. negotiators are floating the idea of just a swap: Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives at Guantanamo Bay.

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Midwifery
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

In 2010, Idaho started licensing midwives under the Midwifery Practice Act to allow midwives to legally deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers.

Idaho midwives say the move to officially license midwives brought the practice out of the shadows. But the law was only for a five-year trial period. Now the Idaho Midwifery Council is now asking lawmakers to renew and extend the law for another 10 years before it sunsets this summer.

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Avalanche Danger
10:08 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, evidence of sliding snow is seen in steep terrain near a ski area at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Two cross-country skiers from the Seattle area died and two others were injured Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon, according to the Baker County sheriff.

The skiers were part of an eight-member group on a guided tour when the avalanche hit. After a dry period, the Northwest is seeing heavy snow, which has increased the avalanche danger across the region.

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