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PHOTO: More Gem State residents living and working in small towns claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, compared with those living in larger metropolitan areas. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Small-city and rural living can be a struggle in Idaho. According to new research from the Center for Rural Affairs, use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by 22 percent of the Gem State's small-town workers helps keep them above the poverty line. The EITC is a refundable federal...Read More

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PHOTO: High-quality, affordable preschool for low-income working families while also providing access to job training is among the recommendations in a new report on reducing child poverty. Photo courtesy of EPA.

BOISE, Idaho - It takes a family approach to lift kids out of poverty. That's the premise of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that recommends coordination between programs - public, nonprofit and private - that focus on high-quality early childhood education, as well as job quality, t...Read More

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PHOTO: Idaho is making progress in making sure children have health insurance, with nearly 1,000 more gaining coverage over the past two years. But the uninsured rate is above the national average, according to a new report. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho is making progress in making sure children have health insurance, with nearly 1,000 more gaining coverage over the past two years. However, the uninsured rate is above the national average, according to a new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. Liz Wood...Read More

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PHOTO: Local public libraries are offering financial literacy fairs this fall, offering classes and tips on basic budgeting, saving for college and planning for retirement. Credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Answers to common questions about finances are as close as your local library. Libraries around the state are offering financial literacy fairs, with tips on where to stash your cash, whether saving for retirement or college. Sue Walker, a library consultant at the Idaho Com...Read More

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PHOTO: Every new parent should make a "crying plan" in order to prevent shaking a baby out of frustration. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Everyone knows babies cry, but some babies cry more than others. While covering basic needs can calm an infant, it's not always that simple. With the unpredictability of a crying child in mind, a collaboration of children's advocacy groups has unveiled the Crying Plan. The idea is fo...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, "The Big Squeeze," finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Higher education costs are going up - and state funding is going down. A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, called The Big Squeeze, finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Mean...Read More

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PHOTO: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati...Read More

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PHOTO: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision against listing wolverines as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is being challenged in court. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

SANDPOINT, Idaho - First they said they would. Then they said they wouldn't. Now the courts may make the call on whether the wolverine should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the listing last year, but reversed course in August. ...Read More

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