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On The Thursday, October 10, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • Idaho senator avoids impeachment questions.
  • Frank Church Conference speaker. 
  • Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
  • Refugee restaurant week in Boise.

- At an event at the Idaho Women’s Business Center in Nampa Wednesday, speaker Senator Jim Risch (R) gave reporters an opportunity to interview him. But the Republican senator, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, declined to comment on the impeachment inquiry enveloping President Donald Trump. Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin joins Idaho Matters to describe his attempt to question the senator. 

- The Frank Church Conference is an annual event that highlights social, political and environmental issues. This year’s conference will take place October 14 at Boise State University. We'll learn more about this year's topics, ranging from Russian intrusion to data usage rights.

- The United States bird population has decreased substantially since 1970, and environmentalists are concerned about the potential for a mass extinction. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is aimed at reversing the bird population trends, helping other wildlife populations on the edge. Idaho Matters examines the bill and what it will mean for Idaho.

- Four Treasure Valley chefs from Africa and the Middle East are being featured with their restaurants in Refugee Restaurant Week. The highlighted chefs are all refugees from war-torn countries and have settled in Idaho as their new home. Idaho Matters talks to the Idaho Office for Refugees about the event.

 Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters.