On The Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:
Catching up the backlog of sexual assault kits . . . Nampa mayor Debbie Kling talks about her growing community . . . Boisians embrace positive body imaging . . . letting kids play in the wild
- A 2016 report found that Idaho forensic services had a back-up of sexual assault evidence kits that needed to be tested. Thanks to a groundbreaking kit tracking system, the Idaho State Police have managed to process more than a third of the kits, but there are many waiting to be tested. On Monday's Idaho Matters, Emily Lowe of the Press-Tribune will join Gemma Gaudette in studio to parse out her reporting and State Representative Melissa Wintrow will discuss legislative efforts to fast-track the processing of these kits.
- In 1990, the Boise ex-burb of Nampa had a small-town population of about 25,000 residents. 10 years later, it had doubled. Today ther are more than 81,000 Nampans and the community is growing as housing prices in Boise are driving homebuyers into Canyon County. Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling joins Idaho Matters to talk about the growth in her community.
- The documentary Fattitude debuts in Boise on May 30; the picture celebrates body positivity and points out the societal inequities and stereotypes faced by overweight people. The webpage shares facts like "fat people are paid $1.25 less an hour than their thin counterparts" and "one in three doctors associate fat bodies with hostility, dishonesty and poor hygiene" We'll speak with the director of the film and we'll be joined in studio by Amy Pence-Brown, body positivity activist and founder of the Boise Rad Fat Collective.
- Utah recently enacted a law that protects parents from charges of negligence when they let their children play, unsupervised, outdoors. The "free-range parenting" law is the first of its kind in the country and we'll speak to the founder of the Free Range Kids movement.