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Almost ten percent of Idaho State University’s population is made up of students from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. But recent and continued reports of violence against the Middle Eastern community in Pocatello are causing some to question how long these students will attend the school.

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Boise State and Idaho State will hold spring commencement ceremonies Saturday. 

Boise State says 2334 students are eligible for degrees and certificates following the spring semester. All told, about 4,000 students will graduate from Boise State this academic year. 

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The State Board of Education has unanimously approved an agreement to build Idaho's first private medical school during its Thursday meeting.

According to the board's agenda, an investor group out of New Mexico has identified Idaho State University's Meridian campus as a future location for a private osteopathic medical school.

The investors, known as the Burrell Group, want to affiliate with a public university to build a private medical school.

The Burrell Group previously considered Montana as a possible location, but those discussions fell through in December.

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In recent years, funding for higher education has been a secondary focus for Idaho lawmakers. Following the recession, K-12 schools were lawmakers’ top education priority. But now - amid continued revenue growth and changing workforce needs - higher education is being discussed more and more. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter proposed this week the state’s four-year colleges and universities get a nearly 9 percent increase in state funding next fiscal year.

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Idaho State University and NASA are collaborating on research that may help scientists find life on other planets and improve radar to land rovers more safely on Mars.

The Idaho State Journal reports two teams are researching lava flows at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve using rocks that ISU Geosciences assistant professor Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak says are very similar to those found on Mars.

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Officials with Idaho State University are distancing themselves from one of their accountants who is being criticized for posting photos of large animals she's killed while hunting in South Africa.

In a statement, the university told The Associated Press Tuesday that Sabrina Corgatelli's personal choices are not representative of the school.

Corgatelli has posted photos of trophy kills —which include a giraffe, a kuda, an impala, a wildebeest and a warthog. Her postings have drawn outrage from commenters on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

An eastern Idaho family has launched an online fundraising effort to help cover the estimated $1,200 cost to access public records about the Idaho State University president's residence.

Rhonda and Eric D'Amico and their son Sam D'Amico filed a public record request for receipts and other documents showing how much the university spends to renovate and maintain the Servel House. The house is used as a residence for ISU's president, Arthur Vailas.

A portion of a mammoth skull and tusk have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho near American Falls Reservoir.

Experts estimate the mammoth lived 70,000 years ago and was about 16 years old when it died.

The bones have been taken to the Idaho Museum of Natural history at Idaho State University in Pocatello where they will eventually be put on display.

The discovery of the bones on Oct. 18 by a volunteer with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation followed heavy rains in August that caused additional erosion in the area.

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Boise State University has more students this fall than it did fall 2013, but Idaho State University and the University of Idaho have fewer. All three of Idaho’s public universities saw substantial growth during the height of the Great Recession. But for the last few years the trend has been declining enrollment.

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Total enrollment – 22,259

Idaho’s largest public university grew by a little more than 1 percent after two years of declining enrollment.

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Total enrollment – 11,534

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Police in Pocatello are investigating how an Idaho State University professor accidentally shot himself in the foot during class. The Idaho State Journal reports the chemistry professor's gun discharged in his pocket.

The injury was non-life threatening and no one else was harmed. But critics of guns-on-campus laws are pointing to the incident is a cautionary tale.

An Idaho State University instructor received a foot wound after his concealed handgun discharged on campus.

Pocatello police say officers responded to a report of a shot fired on campus at about 4 p.m. Tuesday and found the instructor in the Physical Science Complex with a non-life threatening injury.

Lt. Paul Manning says the instructor was treated and released at Portneuf Medical Center.

Police say the instructor has an enhanced concealed carry permit that's needed to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus.

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The State Board of Education unanimously approved Monday pay increases for three Idaho university presidents.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University will receive 5 percent raises starting Sunday. The Lewis-Clark State College president will receive a 3 percent pay increase.

The raises follow performance evaluations conducted in May.

BSU President Bob Kustra's salary will become $371,000, up from his current annual salary of about $353,000.

Idaho State University has filed a motion in federal court seeking sanctions and $75,000 in legal fees from a former professor who has been embroiled in legal disputes with the school for several years.

The Idaho State Journal reports that attorneys for the school filed the motion against Habib Sadid last week.

The State Board of Education is seeking its third chief academic officer in just five years as the post's current occupant shifts to a new role at Idaho State University.

Selena Grace is leaving the position she took over in 2010 to become vice president of institutional effectiveness in academic affairs at Idaho State University.

The state job pays about $91,000 annually.

The Education Board began its search for a new chief academic officer earlier this month and plans to keep the posting open through Oct. 11.

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An Idaho anthropologist has risked his career in pursuit of what the rest of science considers a myth. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University is the nation’s lone academic trying to make the scientific case for Bigfoot. It’s no joke. Now he's even raising money to launch an unmanned aircraft that would scan the Northwest's forests for the large, hairy creature. Meldrum now hopes drones can finally prove his critics wrong.

Jeff Meldrum gets frustrated when he walks into Barnes and Noble. It's one of the stores that carries his book.

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