Norm Gunning

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Norm Gunning grew up on a farm near Kuna milking cows and bucking hay bales. He met his wife Paula at Idaho State University in Pocatello where both were journalism students and that's where he began his broadcast career at the 10-watt campus FM station.

He's covered the news at television and radio stations in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Boise, Portland and Seattle, with time out as an Air Force air traffic control officer during the Vietnam war. He's been a reporter, anchor, photographer and producer, but he spent most of his broadcast career as an assignment editor in charge of newsroom logistics. Following retirement in 2009, Norm was a volunteer for Oregon Public Broadcasting as well as a driver for a nonprofit organization that provides transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. After residing 30 years in Portland, Norm and Paula moved to Meridian in 2016.

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Boise Police have a new tool in their crime fighting arsenal: drones. However, the Boise Police Department calls them unmanned aerial vehicles.   The department now has four drones, and four officers have FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

Captain Ron Winegar says the department has been working for a year to make sure the video camera equipped devices are used properly.

“We want to make sure that we balance the public safety need and the safety concerns we have for our officers with the concern our citizens have for privacy,” Winegar says.

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Some State of Idaho employees will soon be going to work in a new location on Boise’s west side.

Late last year, the State of Idaho bought the 40-year-old Hewlett Packard company complex adjacent to Chinden Blvd. for $110 million.  Back in the day, the 200-acre site with parking for more than 5,000 vehicles and 1.5 million square feet of office space was the center for HP’s 7,000 high tech employees.  

As the Idaho Press reports, due to recent downsizing and restructuring at the company, there are now about 2,000 HP workers in office space leased from the state.     

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Organizers of a proposed initiative to expand Medicaid coverage in Idaho say signature gathering this weekend in Canyon County is key to their success.

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The Idaho Board of Education has named five finalists to replace outgoing Boise State University President Bob Kustra -- four men and one woman are in the running for Boise State's top job.

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Some parts of the country have pretty normal street names, like 1st Avenue and Elm Street. Now, the large number of new southern Idaho subdivisions is challenging developers to come up with unique street designations.

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A retired Boise Catholic Priest facing child porn and drug charges is back in custody. Seventy-two-year-old Thomas Faucher has been charged with seven extra counts of possession of child pornography, one count of child porn distribution and an additional count of drug possession.

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Idaho legislators have torpedoed Governor Butch Otter's proposed health care bill, which would have expanded medical care to some of the state's poorest residents.

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Opera Idaho has a 40-year history in Boise. Now increasing interest is spurring a study to locate a new performing arts facility to serve as the opera's permanent home.

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Speech language pathologists top the Idaho Department of Labor's latest list of most in-demand occupations. The vacancy rate compares how many jobs are available versus how many are employed in that occupation.

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The Ketchum city council has taken the first step towards acquiring a new city hall and police station. The desired building is on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street.

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New parking rules go into effect Thursday in downtown Boise. 

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You've seen those large metal boxes atop truck trailers. They're used to ship goods from distant seaports to local warehouses while remaining in the same container. Now a Boise home builder says they could be one solution to the shortage of low-income housing.

Jeromy Tarkon

Jeromy Tarkon, an Eagle soccer coach, received a shocking note on his car windshield last weekend. Tarkon is the coach of the Idaho Juniors Futbol Club, a soccer club based in the Eagle area.

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If you're looking for a fun weekend outing, just 100 miles north in the small resort town of McCall you will find an iconic Idaho event.

Idaho Education News

Nearly six in 10 residents polled in a statewide survey feel Idaho is headed in the right direction, with education and the economy ranked as the top two concerns heading into 2018.

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