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Idaho Lawmakers Introduce “Add the Words” Bill

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce “Add the Words” BillBoise, Idaho — After denying a hearing for nine straight years, the Idaho House approved the introduction of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the state’s Human Rights Act. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 6-1 to bring the proposed legislation, commonly called the “Add the Words” bill, […]

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty in Social Security Fraud

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty in Social Security FraudPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Idaho man accused in a scheme that skimmed at least $79,000 from 250 people who expected him to manage their Social Security money has pleaded guilty. The Oregonian reports that Golden W. Barrett of Idaho Falls faces a maximum 20 years in prison for his wire-fraud conviction. He entered his […]

Siddoway: Bump Teacher Pay to $40,000 or No New Tax Cuts

Siddoway: Bump Teacher Pay to $40,000 or No New Tax CutsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho lawmaker who has the power to kill tax bills says there will be no new tax breaks unless beginning teacher salaries boost to $40,000 a year. Republican Senator Jeff Siddoway threatened to hold proposed tax cuts hostage in order to get more funding for Idaho’s public schools even before […]

Man Accused of 4 shootings Remains in Jail on Suicide Watch

Man Accused of 4 shootings Remains in Jail on Suicide WatchMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – A man remains in jail under a suicide watch after being accused of shooting four people, killing three, in Moscow, Idaho, over the weekend. John Lee was in custody on Tuesday after making his first court appearance Monday in Colfax, Washington, and being advised of his rights. The Lewiston Tribune reported […]

Otter: No New Transportation Funding for Idaho’s Roads

Otter: No New Transportation Funding for Idaho’s RoadsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho lawmakers overall agree that the state’s aging roads and bridges must be upgraded, but Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s new budget proposal includes no additional funding for transportation maintenance efforts. That means it’ll be solely up to legislatures to find a plan to increase funding that does not compete with education […]

Otter: Boost Education Funding by 7.4 Percent

Otter: Boost Education Funding by 7.4 PercentBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking lawmakers to restore money for public education back to pre-recession levels by adding more than $101 million to Idaho schools budget. The amount is a 7.4 percent boost from last year’s budget and includes more than $31 million to increase teacher pay. Idaho lawmakers slashed […]

Idaho Governor Recommends Top-Bracket Income Tax Cut

Idaho Governor Recommends Top-Bracket Income Tax CutBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he wants to see the marginal tax rates for Idaho’s individual and corporate income tax drop below 7 percent. The governor announced his recommendation during his State of the State address on Monday. His proposal would reduce the income tax rate for those in the state’s […]

Otter Encourages Discussing Medicaid Expansion in Idaho

Otter Encourages Discussing Medicaid Expansion in IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is urging lawmakers to hold a hearing on expanding Medicaid eligibility in Idaho. Otter stressed that lawmakers should consider all their options during the 2015 Idaho Legislature, which kicked off Monday during the governor’s State of the State address. Otter says he agrees with most of the […]

Otter to Deliver State of State on Monday

Otter to Deliver State of State on MondayBoise, Idaho- Funding for Education and Transportation are some of the topics that are expected to be addressed in the new Legislative session that begins Monday. Governor Butch Otter will lay out his priorities when he delivers the State of the State address Monday afternoon. Education spending is expected to be a major topic as he […]

Police: $530,000 Embezzled from College of Southern Idaho

Police: $530,000 Embezzled from College of Southern IdahoTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A south-central Idaho woman police say embezzled more than half a million dollars from the College of Southern Idaho has been charged with grand theft. The Times-News reports that 41-year-old Dawn Marie Orr of Twin Falls is charged with five felony counts involving the missing $530,000. Court documents filed Wednesday […]

Otter Gives Hints to Upcoming Budget

Otter Gives Hints to Upcoming BudgetBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he’s going to ask the Idaho Legislature to restore funding for public schools back to pre-recessional levels. However, Otter and other legislative leaders noted that there is still no clear consensus regarding the legislature’s other pending issues such as a transportation funding and addressing the state’s […]

Details Released on I-15 Suicide

Details Released on I-15 SuicideBlackfoot, Idaho — The Bingham County Sheriff’s office released more details on a death that cause portions of Interstate 15 between Shelley and Idaho Falls to be closed. A 33-year-old Pocatello woman fatally shot herself after leading police on a 20 mile high speed chase with speeds as high as 100 miles per hour. Deputies […]

Freddy’s Comes to Idaho Falls

Freddy’s Comes to Idaho FallsIdaho Falls, Idaho – Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is opening its first store in Eastern Idaho Wednesday. The new eatery will be open for business near First street and Woodruff in Idaho Falls. The Kansas based chain opened stores in Nampa and Meridian last year.

Arrests Made in Sugar City Robbery

Arrests Made in Sugar City RobberySugar City, Idaho — Two men are in custody in Madison County for robbing a convenience store in Sugar City Monday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Jeronimo Vasquez of Las Vegas and 22 year old Joshua Cardona of Teton are both facing felony charges.

Goose Causes Power Outage

Goose Causes Power OutagePocatello, Idaho — About a 1,000 Idaho Power customers in the southern part of Pocatello were without power for a couple of hours Tuesday morning after a goose flew into a power line. The outage affected a couple of schools, including Century High School. The power was restored around 11:15 am.

I-15 Death Blocks Road

I-15 Death Blocks RoadBlackfoot, Idaho — An incident involving an apparent suicide blocked traffic in both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-15  between Blackfoot and Idaho Falls Tuesday night. The road reopened around 10:30 pm after being closed for about an hour. The Bingham County Sheriff’s office is leading the investigation.

Disaster Preparedness Workshop Planned

Disaster Preparedness Workshop PlannedSugar City, Idaho — Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are inviting the public from all over Eastern Idaho to a disaster preparedness workshop this month. The free program will help people learn skills that are vital in the aftermath of a disaster. Madison County CERT coordinator Jon Corpany tells East Idaho News that it is […]

Informational Sessions Held for Online Teaching Certification

Informational Sessions Held for Online Teaching CertificationPublic informational meetings will be held this week for those looking to get Idaho teaching certificates through an online program. Two sessions will be held Monday at 4pm and 5:30 pm at the St. Anthony City Hall. Two more sessions will be held Tuesday at 4pm and 5:30 pm at the Rigby public library. Another […]

Pot Arrests in Yellowstone on the Rise

Pot Arrests in Yellowstone on the Rise  CHEYENNE, WY — Pot busts are up at Yellowstone National Park. Rangers say many visitors from states where medical pot in particular is legal don’t realize it’s still off-limits on federal land. The U.S. attorney’s office in Cheyenne says it prosecuted 52 marijuana cases from Yellowstone in 2013 and, as of mid-December, 80 cases […]

Idaho Falls Woman Rescued from House Fire

Idaho Falls Woman Rescued from House FireIdaho Falls, Idaho — An Idaho Falls woman is recovering after being rescued by firefighters after her house caught fire early Thursday morning. Patricia Gaston was taken to EIRMC where she is in fair condition. Her home on North 5th east is completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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