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Idaho State University to Use Surplus on Upgrades

Idaho State University to Use Surplus on UpgradesPocatello, Idaho — Idaho State University is planning several building upgrades after the school was able to save $7 million. University leaders attribute the savings to fiscal responsibility and say their reserve target is within reach. They believe they can stay on track without significant tuition increases. The upgrades include renovations to 20 classrooms and a […]

Idaho Health Exchange Experiences High Web Traffic

Idaho Health Exchange Experiences High Web TrafficBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho officials say the state-based health insurance marketplace had nearly 13,000 visitors just days after it opened for business. Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly isn’t immediately releasing how many Idahoans signed up for coverage on the state exchange’s website. However, he told reporters Monday yourhealthidaho.org hasn’t experienced any of […]

McDonald’s Rejects Idaho Potatoes

McDonald’s Rejects Idaho Potatoes  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The USDA has approved Boise-based J.R. Simplot’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners – McDonald’s – hasn’t. The Idaho Statesman reports that the fast-food giant says it doesn’t use genetically modified potatoes and has no plans to change that policy.

Mormon Church Opens up Opportunities for Mothers

Mormon Church Opens up Opportunities for MothersSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon women with children and church members who remarry after divorces now are eligible for full-time teaching jobs in the faith’s seminaries and institutes of religion for junior high, high school and college members. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the policy change announced Friday was based […]

Study Finds Americans using Less Water, Idahoans Use Most

Study Finds Americans using Less Water, Idahoans Use MostBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average, and Idahoans use more than people in any other state. That’s the finding of a study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigation to […]

More Grizzlies Eating Moths South of Yellowstone

More Grizzlies Eating Moths South of YellowstoneBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Army cutworm moths are a nutritious snack for grizzly bears. And researchers say more grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in the southeastern portion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in search of the moths. Frank van Manen of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team in Bozeman says […]

Idaho Officials won’t Restrict Controversial Traps

Idaho Officials won’t Restrict Controversial TrapsPOST FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s Fish and Game commissioners say they’d rather have trappers take classes than restrict the use of controversial body-gripping snares. Officials have been weighing the issue since receiving complaints from hunters and other people worried about their safety in areas used by trappers. The “conibear” snares killed two dogs in […]

Pocatello Concerned about ISU Security Officers

Pocatello Concerned about ISU Security OfficersPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Pocatello officials say they’re concerned that campus security officers at Idaho State University may be overstepping their authority. The Idaho State Journal reports that the concerns stem from several instances, including one in September, when security guards delayed calling Pocatello police about an accidental shooting in a lecture hall and cleaned […]

Chubbuck Issues Permit for Cell Tower by School

Chubbuck Issues Permit for Cell Tower by SchoolChubbuck, Idaho — Initial plans to build a T-Mobile cell tower at Chubbuck Elementary jumped its first hurdle last night. The City of Chubbuck issued a conditional use permit for the project. As a condition for the permit, the tower would have to be at least 80 feet from the school’s playground or any landscaping and […]

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 […]

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