On The Thursday, May 23, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 22, 2019
  • DNA evidence exonerates convicted murder suspect.
  • 4 million in federal funds finds five Idaho charter schools.
  • Rodeos celebrate Idaho's Western heritage.
  • Author Crystal King captures Vatican intrigue through the papal kitchen in The Chef's Secret.

- Eighteen-year-old Angie Dodge was raped and murdered in her Idaho Falls apartment in 1996. Chris Tapp was accused of the crime and imprisoned for 20 years before DNA evidence demonstrated he was not at the scene. His release was due in part to the work of the Idaho Innocence Project and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Greg Hampikian from the project about this case.

- Five Idaho charter schools were recently awarded with $800,000 each in federal funds allowing for the addition of 2,484 new seats for K-12 students. Idaho Matters looks at the growth of charter schools in the region.

- Summer in the Mountain West means rodeo, a legacy of the American West. Caldwell, Eagle, Meridian and Mountain Home are just some of the Treasure Valley communities hosting rodeos this summer. We look at the sport with Matt Askew, president of the Idaho Cowboys Association.

- Crystal King's first book, Feast of Sorrow, is a historically fictional take on the reign of Augustus Caeser through the perspective of the court chef. Her follow-up, The Chef's Secret, fast-forwards to Renaissance Italy to the Vatican kitchen where a locked strongbox left behind by a dead chef with a devastating secret leads his nephew on a journey of discovery and betrayal. King will sign copies of The Chef's Secret this evening at Rediscovered Bookshop and she joins Idaho Matters in studio to talk about her works.