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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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PHOTO: Not much to smile about? A new report shows Idaho has fallen to nearly last in the country on several economic indicators, making it tough for families to get ahead. Photo credit: National Agricultural Library

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho might be described as a 'hot mess,' in a new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. It finds per-capita income has fallen to almost last in the nation. Center director Lauren Necochea says this has happened over 15 years, and within that time frame, money has also disap...Read More

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PHOTO: The Idaho Land Board is considering a permit to allow commercial suction dredging for gold on the Salmon River, even though the EPA says the area is off limits. Photo credit: Jonathan Oppenheimer

BOISE, Idaho – With gold prices at around $1,300 an ounce, motivation is strong to mine for the metal in Idaho. Many rivers and streams can be used by gold panners or suction dredges, but the Environmental Protection Agency has said parts of the Salmon River are off limits to the dredges bec...Read More

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PHOTO: The Idaho Children's Trust Fund wants parents to ask teachers if they've taken the "Stewards of Children" training to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - There's a new question to ask as kids head back to school this month. A child sexual abuse prevention group wants parents to quiz teachers, principals, coaches - anyone who has contact with children - about whether they have taken the "Stewards of Children" training. Roger Sherman, e...Read More

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PHOTO: Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free to the public during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. AARP Idaho is teaming up with Walgreens to offer the free health information, and AARP...Read More

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PHOTO: The keynote speaker today at Edufest in Boise is Temple Grandin, Ph.D. She is considered the most well-known person in America with autism, and she'll focus on connecting with kids who are considered gifted, as well as having a disability. Photo credit: TED 2010.

BOISE, Idaho - Parents and educators from throughout the Northwest are in Boise for the "Edufest" gifted and talented education conference. Those attending will learn about ways to motivate students and offer differentiation in the classroom - even under Common Core guidelines. Today's keynote spea...Read More

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