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Schools in Limbo Following Broadband Ruling

Schools in Limbo Following Broadband RulingBOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho school official says high school students relying on the Idaho Education Network to complete a state-required math course may not be able to graduate now that the broadband contract is void. Earlier this week, a judge tossed out Idaho’s $60 million school broadband contract. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen […]

Idaho Education Board Approves Certification Rules

Idaho Education Board Approves Certification RulesBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s board of education unanimously approved a stricter teacher certification process with the promise of increased pay to make the new licensing plan more attractive to school officials. The board voted Thursday to approve the rules after spending the past few months listening to hundreds of concerned teachers, parents and school […]

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit over Wolf Derby

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit over Wolf DerbyBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to prevent a federal agency from extending a wolf- and coyote-hunting derby onto additional public lands in east-central Idaho. The lawsuit filed late Thursday in federal court in Idaho came less than two hours after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved Idaho for […]

Multiple Accidents Closes I-15

Multiple Accidents Closes I-15Idaho Falls, Idaho — The first major snow storm of the year almost always means lots of car accidents and Thursday was no exception. Multiple crashes along I-15 caused the road to be closed in both directions between exit 80 at Fort Hall and Exit 93 at US Highway 26 Thursday afternoon. One crash involved a […]

Idaho Fire Marshal Investigating School Bus Fire

Idaho Fire Marshal Investigating School Bus FireHORSESHOE BEND, Idaho (AP) – The Boise County sheriff’s department is investigating after someone set fire to a school bus at Horseshoe Bend High School over the weekend. School officials say the fire was set around 5 a.m. Saturday and also damaged a nearby van. The case is being treated as arson. School district spokeswoman […]

Man Charged with Felony in Foiled Child Abduction

Man Charged with Felony in Foiled Child AbductionSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her has been charged with a felony that could land him in jail for many years. The 48-year-old Troy Morley was charged Wednesday with one count of felony child kidnapping. He could face up […]

Burley Junior High Closed over Heater Problems

Burley Junior High Closed over Heater ProblemsBURLEY, Idaho (AP) – Burley Junior High School will be closed for the rest of the week while maintenance crews repair a faulty heating system. Cassia County School District spokeswoman Debbie Critchfield says crews worked over the summer to prepare the system for the winter cold, but the system was overwhelmed on Wednesday morning. Maintenance […]

Lawyer: Dad Accused of Chaining Son Enters Plea

Lawyer: Dad Accused of Chaining Son Enters PleaSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A defense attorney says a Utah father accused of chaining his 7-year-old son to a bed while the man was at work won’t serve jail time as part of a plea deal. Court records show the 29-year-old father from Logan pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor count of child abuse. […]

Judge Rules ISP Illegally Searched Vehicle

Judge Rules ISP Illegally Searched VehicleJEROME, Idaho (AP) – A south-central Idaho judge has dropped all charges against three Georgia residents accused of kidnapping a young woman and stealing credit cards after ruling police conducted an illegal vehicle search. The Times-News reports that police had arrested 22-year-old Derricka McCloud, 21-year-old Demeiris Fields and 25-year-old Bradley Roberts on Oct. 24 in […]

Idaho Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

Idaho Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho man has been sentenced to just over three years in federal prison and was ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution for Social Security fraud. Prosecutors alleged 44-year-old Jose Luis Fernandez of Caldwell worked under a false name while collecting Social Security disability benefits. Fernandez began collecting disability […]

Lawyer: BYU Student Making Soap, not Meth

Lawyer: BYU Student Making Soap, not MethSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Police say a Brigham Young University student was making methamphetamine in his apartment, but his attorney maintains the lab setup officers found was used to make soap. Provo police say they started investigating after a fire started in 21-year-old Bryce Cazier’s room. His roommates picked the lock after he left […]

Chubbuck Mayor Pay Raise Faces Opposition

Chubbuck Mayor Pay Raise Faces OppositionChubbuck, Idaho — In a special city council session last night, many citizens spoke out against Chubbuck mayor Kevin England’s proposal to raise his salary by 45%. England proposed raising the mayoral salary from $45,000 a year to $65,000.  England argued that the mayor’s salary hasn’t increased since 2006 and is not keeping up with the […]

Idaho Hospital Looks to Cut ER Wait Times

Idaho Hospital Looks to Cut ER Wait TimesLEWISTON, Idaho (AP) – A hospital in north-central Idaho is looking to cut emergency room wait times by revamping its procedures, but the changes could cost some patients more money. The Lewiston Tribune reports that St. Joseph Regional Medical Center’s interim CEO Michael Rooney says long emergency room wait times are one of the areas […]

Idaho Exchange to Open Enrollment Nov. 15

Idaho Exchange to Open Enrollment Nov. 15BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho is on track to become the only Republican-dominated state to launch its own health insurance exchange when enrollment opens Nov. 15. But the state exchange is facing pressure to function just as well as the federal exchange when it first opened for enrollment last year. While the federal exchange’s website […]

Drainage System Planned in Jackson Landslide Area

Drainage System Planned in Jackson Landslide AreaJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – The Jackson Town Council is making arrangements with property owners to build a runoff drainage system near a slow-moving landslide. The landslide has slowed down to barely any movement since it tore off part of one house and threatened several other homes and businesses last spring. Now, Jackson officials are discussing […]

Gun Pointed During Argument over Battleship Game

Gun Pointed During Argument over Battleship GameSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man is accused of threatening his teenage daughter with a rifle during an argument that began over a game of Battleship. Police say the 68-year-old man was with his 17-year-old daughter when he accused her of cheating and broke the game. Utah County authorities say the girl tried […]

N. Idaho Man Charged with Killing Infant Son

N. Idaho Man Charged with Killing Infant SonLEWISTON, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho man accused of killing his infant son has been charged with first-degree murder. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 20-year-old Cody A. Gossage received the charge Monday in 2nd District Court. Authorities say that officers on Oct. 29 responded to a call for help and found 5-month-old old Jordan […]

Carjacking Suspect Sentenced for Kidnap, Escape

Carjacking Suspect Sentenced for Kidnap, EscapeBOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho carjacking suspect who was arrested on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for attempted second-degree kidnapping and escape. Rodney Lee Seiber of Caldwell pleaded guilty to the charges in August under a plea agreement that calls for him to […]

Ski Season Weeks Away from Kicking Off in Utah

Ski Season Weeks Away from Kicking Off in UtahSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Buoyed by an improving economy and renewed buzz about Utah’s ski scene thanks to Vail Resort’s recent purchase of the state’s largest resort, ski officials are expecting one of the best seasons in recent memory when lifts turn on later this month. Nathan Rafferty of Ski Utah said Tuesday that […]

School Shooting Threat Prompts more Security

School Shooting Threat Prompts more SecurityWENDELL, Idaho (AP) – A middle school student has been suspended after making a threat about a shooting at a south-central Idaho school. Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough tells The Times-News a 13-year-old boy typed the threat on a calculator and walked away more than a week ago. On that same day, another student found […]

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