Analysis: HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent

In this May 17, 2018 photo, Shannon Brown, 29, walks with her four-year-old daughter, Sai-Mya, in Charleston, S.C. Brown lives in public housing and could face a steep increase under a HUD proposal that would raise rents for millions of low-income individuals and families. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.

Pain, work and hope: The journey after stroke

Nate Hunsaker, left, works with Vernon Gaffner at RehabAuthority on May 30. Gaffner had a stroke in 2012 and comes to therapy twice a week to work on his flexibility and strengthen his right side to help maintain his mobility. The therapy sessions last about an hour and include a variety exercises and stretching routines. Monte LaOrange /

Editor’s note: Kelsey Pennock’s father, Scott Pennock, suffered a severe stroke in 2015 when he was 56, resulting in partial paralysis and severe aphasia.

Express Lab expanding

Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist George Cobos checks on blood samples at Express Lab. Courtesy photo

Getting lab work done on a patient’s blood is an important tool for doctors to diagnose illnesses and evaluate a patient’s health.

State revenue growth strong

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter poses for a portrait on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. John Roark/

Idaho’s state government continues to see robust growth in tax revenues driven by a strong economy. By the end of last month, the state had collected about $3.4 billion in tax revenue. And June tax revenue is generally a big chunk of annual revenue, ranging in the last few years between $300 million and $400 million. That puts Idaho on course for record tax receipts.

‘Zoo Tots’ class teaches kids through animal interaction

Oliver Kugelman, 4, pets a goat Friday during the Zoo Tots program at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. John Roark/

A 4-year-old with blonde hair and a backwards red baseball cap exclaims, “I love yaks!” as he glues ears onto a paper plate for his yak mask. A girl wearing a blue “Frozen” shirt smiles as she pets Elsa the white ferret. Another girl laughs as she repeats the big word “domestic” out loud to her mom.

Yellowstone experiences busy May

Tourist traffic backs up at a Bison Jam in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley on Aug. 25. The park recently had its busiest May on record. National Park Service / Jacob W. Frank

As eastern Idaho’s “Gateway to Yellowstone,” Idaho Falls experiences the impact of Yellowstone National Park tourism, and this year, the park had its busiest May on record. 

As trade fears grow, U.S. states reach out to companies

In this May 11, 2018 photo, Sakae Casting Co. President Takashi Suzuki shows samples of his company's casting products in his office in Hachioji, in the outskirts of Tokyo. President Donald Trump’s trade relations with Tokyo are testy, but Idaho gave Suzuki a warm welcome. Suzuki, whose company manufactures aluminum parts used for cooling batteries and semiconductors, first went to Silicon Valley looking for opportunities. But that was where everyone went, making for tough competition. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)

HACHIOJI, Japan — President Donald Trump’s trade relations with Tokyo are testy, but Idaho gave Takashi Suzuki a warm welcome.



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