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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

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About 31% of Idahoans have earned a bachelor's or associate degree. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Report: ID Makes Big Jump in Higher-Education Attainment

Idaho and the rest of the country are making progress getting higher education to more people. A new report from Lumina Foundation finds nearly 54% …

DTPlays, an electric cargo bike that carried outdoor games, a shade tent and water around downtown Boise in 2022, received a Community Challenge grant. (AARP Idaho)
Grant Program to Improve Communities Open for Applications

A grant program that helps with projects that benefit local communities is back. The AARP Community Challenge program selects projects for small…


Albertsons was founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1939. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)
ID-Based Albertsons Merger with Kroger Could Impact Rural U.S.

The proposed merger between the Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons and Kroger has antitrust laws in the spotlight, as the supermarket companies are …

Gov. Brad Little made his first State of the State address since being re-elected in November. (Idaho Public Television)
Little's State of the State Address Emphasizes Education Spending in ID

Governor Brad Little kicked off the 2023 legislative session with his State of the State address and an Idaho teachers' organization is applauding his…


Rural Camas County in southern Idaho saw its population grow more than 4.5% between 2020 and 2021. (Lee O'Dell/Adobe Stock)
ID Partnership Supports State's Numerous Rural Communities

The Idaho Rural Partnership is among the state rural development councils still active more than 30 years after the program supporting the councils wa…

Online harassment has effects on the mental health of targets of the abuse. (ryanking999/Adobe Stock)
Protecting Kids from Online Harassment, Bigotry

It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to shield their children from bigotry and hatred online, but there are a few tips they can follow…


According to Solar Power World, Idaho and Texas do not have <a href=mandatory state-wide net metering, but some utilities within the state offer compensation. (Adobe Stock)">
Idaho's PUC Approves Controversial Solar Study

A recent move by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission could mean solar panel owners in the state could receive less money from Idaho Power. The …

Idaho Power serves more than 600,000 customers and has committed to including more renewables in its grid over the next two decades. (energy.gov)
ID Clean Energy Advocates to Gather at State Capitol

Clean energy advocates are heading to Boise at the start of next year's legislative session. The organization Idaho Energy Freedom formed in …


Groups have been organizing in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons since it went into effect in 2021. (Jon Sadle)
ID Group to Mark Anniversary of Total Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

Organizations across the country will be celebrating the anniversary of a nuclear weapons treaty in the new year, including in Idaho. The Treaty on …

The Idaho State Tax Commission expects to send about 800,000 tax rebate checks out by March 2023. (STOATPHOTO/Adobe Stock)
Tax Rebate Proposal Aims to Fend Off Inflation Impacts on ID Families

A tax rebate program approved during the Idaho special session this year has sparked an idea: why not send more rebates to families? In September…


Clinical preceptors help give apprentices hands-on education, even away from North Idaho College. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)
Medical Apprenticeship Program Fills Health Worker Gaps in ID

It's tough to find workers for Idaho's health clinics right now, but an apprenticeship program is hoping to address these woes. Nearly three years …

Around 35% of people have experienced holiday-related fraud from an online ad, according to a recent survey. (troyanphoto/Adobe Stock)
Consumer Tips for Guarding Against Holiday Grinches

The holiday shopping season is officially here, and that also means scammers are out in force. A new survey from AARP finds fraud is common this time …


 

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