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Idaho Matters: Tuesday May 1st, 2018

On the Tuesday May 1, 2018 edition of Idaho Matters:

-- Atlanta-based developers the Greenstone Group are hoping to build a multi-purpose sports stadium in South Boise to host minor league baseball games and other athletic events. The project has the support of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and some other high-caliber boosters.  

It also has opponents. Concerned Boise Taxpayersis a citizen organization led by former Albertsons' executive Gary Michael and former Boise Stampede owner Bill Illet, and they do not see any room for a project of this magnitude in South Boise. Illet will join Idaho Matters to share his concerns.

-- President Trump insists the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a terrible deal for American workers, but one quarter of Idaho's experts went to Canada and Mexico from 2002 to 2016 and the state's agricultural community is very concerned about what a withdrawal from NAFTA could mean for their bottom line.

State Representative Mat Erpelding recently penned an op-ed that outlines a potentially negative impact as a result of a withdrawal. He sits down with host Gemma Gaudette to discuss his support for the 25-year-old trade agreement.

-- More than a year ago, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise broke ground on an outdoor community classroom as part of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. A kiosk in the classroom will detail the state's history of civil rights, we well as address discrimination faced by African-Americans, Latinos, Jews and members of Idaho's LGBTQ community.

The classroom will be dedicated to civil rights champion Marilyn Shuler, who passed away last year. Dan Prinzig, executive director of the Wassmuth Center, will talk about the work of the center and the benefits of an outdoor classroom.

-- University of Idaho physics professor Jason Barnes would like to go to Titan, the Saturnian moon. Not him, personally, rather he'd like to send a giant drone-like rotorcraft to the moon the gather data. Barnes is on the team developing one of the two drone programs for consideration for a NASA mission to Titan. He spoke with Idaho Matters about his role in exploring the distant moon and the importance of space exploration.

Tune in at noon to catch all of Tuesday's conversations on Idaho Matters.

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