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On The Monday, June 24, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • Efforts to raise Idaho's minimum wage.
  • Author Emily Ruskovich wins the International Dublin Literary Award.
  • Idaho doctors bring medical aid to Honduras.
  • Story Story Late-Night is back!

-Idahoans For A Fair Wagewants to see the state's minimum wage raised above its current rate of $7.25 an hour. The federal rate was set in 2009 and in recent years, various states and municipalities have raised the wage on their own. The Fair Wage organization is gathering signatures to put the effort before voters as a ballot initiative. Idaho Matters speaks with organizers about life on minimum wage and the Idaho chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businessabout the impacts on small business owners.

- Author Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, on Hoodoo Mountain. Her experiences color the landscape of her International DUBLIN Literary Award-winning novel, IdahoRuskovich is currently on the creative writing faculty at Boise State University and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about accepting the prestigious Dubliner.

- Earlier this month, a group of doctors and administrators from St. Luke's flew to Honduras to treat patients for various ailments and illnesses. St. Luke's has been flying these relief missions for years and on Monday's Idaho Matters, we learn about the latest effort.

- Story Story Nightbegan in 2010 as a private, story-telling soiree of presenters from Boise's literary and performance art communities. Today, their season runs November through April. Story Story Late-Night is the late night version of the show. Artistic director Jodi Eichelberger joins Idaho Matters to give us a preview.

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