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School Fees Lawsuit Delayed

School Fees Lawsuit Delayed(BOISE) – A state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of public school sports and activity fees has been delayed. 4th District Judge Lynn Norton moved the latest hearing to March 13 following a motion from the state to dismiss the lawsuit. Former Nampa school superintendent Russell Joki contends that the fees for extracurricular activities violate Idaho’s […]

State Launches Transparency Website

State Launches Transparency Website(BOISE) – Gov. Butch Otter and state Controller Brandon Woolf have announced the creation of a new website promoting government transparency. Officials say they wanted to make it easier for citizens to find details about government finances at the state level. Idaho is the latest of several states implementing similar programs. Woolf says the information […]

Pocatello Man Pleads Guilty to Wife’s Murder

Pocatello Man Pleads Guilty to Wife’s Murder(POCATELLO) – A Pocatello man has pleaded guilty to the May 2011 death of his estranged wife. Michael Lane Sparks faces a second-degree murder charge for killing Judith Rachel Johnson. Sparks will have a minimum 20-year fixed sentence as part of the plea agreement. Police say Johnson was bludgeoned to death with a rifle and […]

Missing Woman’s Car Found

Missing Woman’s Car Found(POCATELLO) – The car of a missing Pocatello woman was found Wednesday night. Investigators say a white Honda Accord belonging to 23-year-old Angelea Schultz was found in the west parking lot of the Pine Ridge Mall outside Sears. Schultz was last seen at the home of her boyfriend Sunday night, and didn’t bring any overnight […]

State Lawmakers Conduct Mandatory Ethics Training

State Lawmakers Conduct Mandatory Ethics Training(BOISE) – All 105 Idaho legislators underwent an afternoon of ethics training in the Capitol Wednesday. House Speaker Scott Bedke made attendance mandatory after a number of recent high-profile moral lapses involving state lawmakers. Leaders hoped to send a strong message to actively promote a culture of civility among members of both parties. Senate President […]

Rigby Boy Featured on Ellen Show

Rigby Boy Featured on Ellen Show(RIBGY) – It was a wish his mother said would probably never come true. Seven-year-old Tayt Andersen of Rigby wanted to go on a date with his “girlfriend,” Ellen DeGeneres, to Disneyland. It was a rare request, but Tayt is a rare, and very special, little boy. Initially not expected to live past three months […]

Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter

Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter(BLACKFOOT) – A Blackfoot man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter. Kenny Carl Struhs, 42, crashed into a motorcycle last August, killing 36-year-old Brent Hansen of Blackfoot and injuring Hansen’s six-year-old daughter. Struhs was also charged with leaving the scene of the accident, but that charge was dropped as part of […]

BLM Signing Up Firefighters For 2013 Season

BLM Signing Up Firefighters For 2013 Season(IDAHO FALLS) – The BLM’s Idaho Falls Fire and Aviation Program is seeking applicants for firefighting positions for the 2013 season. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by their first day on the job, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen and have a strong work ethic. Applications for […]

Otter Calls For Elimination of Property Tax

Otter Calls For Elimination of Property Tax(BOISE) – Gov. Butch Otter called for the end of personal property taxes in his State of the State address at the Capitol Monday. Under the plan, the state would reimburse lost funding for local governments and allow them to generate their own new taxes. Otter said that it would give more flexibility to county […]

Unemployed Receive Extended Benefits

Unemployed Receive Extended Benefits(BOISE) – More than 6,000 Idahoans who recently lost unemployment benefits will now have their payouts extended. In spite of not passing a budget in more than three years, Congress has voted to extend federal jobless benefits through 2013. Eligibility requirements will remain the same as they were in 2012. State benefits will also continue […]

Inmates Suing Alcohol Companies for Causing Their Illegal Behavior

Inmates Suing Alcohol Companies for Causing Their Illegal Behavior(BOISE) – Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution have filed a lawsuit against several beer and wine companies. The prisoners allege that because alcohol played a factor in their crimes, Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company, among others, are liable for their misbehavior. They claim the companies don’t sufficiently warn consumers about the addictive […]

Fee Hikes Expected for Some Solar Power Users

Fee Hikes Expected for Some Solar Power Users(BOISE) – A proposal from Idaho Power could undercut the investments some residents have made in solar panels. Last month the utility announced that it would quit paying some solar panel owners who generate excess power. They also plan to increase the rates of solar panel users who tap into the Idaho Power grid. Officials […]

Boise State to Remain in Mountain West

Boise State to Remain in Mountain West(BOISE) – Boise State football will remain in the Mountain West Conference. The team had originally planned to join the Big East Conference this fall, but after several high-profile teams left the conference, Boise State began to reconsider. As part of the agreement to remain in the Mountain West, the conference will not maintain exclusive […]

Suicide Leading Cause of Gun Deaths in Idaho

Suicide Leading Cause of Gun Deaths in Idaho(BOISE) – Suicides are the leading cause of gun deaths in Idaho, according to a new report released by the Department of Health and Welfare. In 2010, nearly 200 Idahoans died from gun-related deaths, of which 183 were suicides. Authorities say that’s abnormally high, considering Idaho has the sixth highest suicide rate in the nation. […]

Clinicians Concerned About Future of Mental Health Services

Clinicians Concerned About Future of Mental Health Services(IDAHO FALLS) – The current fiscal cliff debate is leaving area mental health clinicians concerned about the future of their patients. KIDK reports unless the sustainable growth rate is overridden in the next three days, physicians will see an average 27 percent cut to their Medicaid reimbursements. Officials say it could easily put several clinics […]

Otter Seeking Education Options

Otter Seeking Education Options(BOISE) – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is asking the state Board of Education to spearhead a discussion about improving schools following the rejection of Tom Luna’s Students Come First laws. He says a group made up of a broad selection of Idahoans will study options to make improvements without new legislation. Both Otter and Luna […]

Idaho Ranks Dead Last in Annual Incomes

Idaho Ranks Dead Last in Annual Incomes(POCATELLO) – According to new reports release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Idaho ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to workers’ annual incomes. Idaho ranked 51st out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. in total earnings by full and part time employers. Officials say the numbers are reflective of a still-lagging […]

Crapo to Give More Details About DUI

Crapo to Give More Details About DUI(BOISE) – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is expected to provide more details about his recent arrest for drunk driving. The three-term Idaho Republican faces a court date in Alexandria, Virginia on Jan. 4. On Wednesday, Crapo declined to speak with the press about the incident, but a spokesman says Crapo plans to offer more information […]

Washingtonians Coming to Idaho for Liquor

Washingtonians Coming to Idaho for Liquor(MOSCOW) – Liquor sales are on the rise in Northern Idaho, a trend officials link to the privatization of liquor stores across the state line in Washington. Washington closed its state-run liquor stores in May, prompting many people to come to the Gem State for booze. Sales are up 40 percent in the college town […]

Risch Offers Crapo Support

Risch Offers Crapo Support(BOISE) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is offering his support for his colleague, Sen. Mike Crapo, following Crapo’s weekend arrest for drunk driving. Risch says Crapo has apologized for his actions and acknowledged the seriousness of his mistakes. The lawmaker’s arrest came as a surprise to many of his constituents in light of the fact […]
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