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PHOTO: Parenthood comes with a disadvantage for low-income families in Idaho when it comes to health insurance because the state has rejected federal Medicaid funding. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho - Parenthood comes with a disadvantage for many low-income families in Idaho when it comes to health insurance. A new report from the Urban Institute shows when states accepted federal Medicaid funding, the insured rate for parents jumped by 33 percent and Medicaid gets part of the cre...Read More

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PHOTO: Yellowstone cutthroat trout fishing contributes $20 million a year in recreation spending in southeastern Idaho. A new report shows how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve the fishery, and calls for full LWCF funding. Photo credit: National Park Service

ASHTON, Idaho - A new report that details the benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Idaho also is calling for the fund to be completely filled. The LWCF turned 50 this week. Rob Van Kirk, senior scientist at the Henry's Fork Foundation, said the funds have been key for preserving wate...Read More

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PHOTO: Idaho is one of 25 states where crews of young people will upgrade public-land access as part of the Fifty for the 50th celebration of the Wilderness Act. Photo courtesy of Public Lands Service Corps.

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho is one of 25 states where crews of young people will upgrade public land access as part of the Fifty for the 50th celebration celebration of the Wilderness Act. Fifty projects will be completed over the next year, including work in the Frank Church River of No Return Wild...Read More

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PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - More than 250 people from around the Gem State are coming together to tackle hunger and food security in Idaho, as they attend the Nourishing Idaho Together conference next month to collaborate on food solutions utilizing public-private partnerships. One of those due to attend the co...Read More

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PHOTO: A note for folks headed to Craters of the Moon National Monument or any National Park Service property: Aerial drones are not allowed. Drones have been popular as a means to take photos and videos. Photo of a lava flow at Craters: Deborah C. Smith

ARCO, Idaho - If you're visiting a national park property in Idaho this weekend, leave the drones at home. Unmanned aircraft are banned at national parks - a move the National Park Service initiated in June and that now has been finalized. Drones primarily have been used to take photos and videos. ...Read More

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PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Idaho. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BOISE, Idaho - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in areas...Read More

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