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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Bill Dentzer, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports." (Idaho Public TV)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports,” I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Dentzer, and co-hosts Aaron Kunz and Melissa Davlin to discuss the events of the 11th week of the legislative session, and to analyze Davlin’s timely interview with Gov. Butch Otter this week, which is featured on...

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Labrador votes against Secure Rural Schools funding

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador cast one of just 37 “no” votes in the House this week on a measure that included funding for reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program, which provides millions to rural, timber-dependent Idaho counties for schools and roads. The bill passed,...

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Ybarra praises 7.4% school budget increase 

Idaho schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is praising the budget for public schools set by JFAC today, saying she has “deep appreciation” for it; the budget matches Gov. Butch Otter’s recommendation for a 7.4 percent increase in school funding next year. Ybarra had requested just 6.4...

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Alicia Murphy performs in the state Capitol Rotunda as part of "Votefort," a spinoff of the Treefort music festival (Betsy Russell)

Treefort comes to the Capitol with 'Votefort' 

Artists from Treefort are performing in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol right now, as part of an offshoot of the indie-rock music festival dubbed “Treefort.” Here, Alicia Murphy performs, filling the rotunda, all the way up, with sound; people are gathered here and there...

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Senate confirms ISP Chief Powell with no debate 

The Senate has confirmed Col. Ralph Powell for another four-year term as director of the Idaho State Police, on a unanimous voice vote with no debate. Senate Judiciary Chair Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, praised Powell’s service and qualifications; that was followed by a quick voice...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015



Jordan Brady, left, and Chelsea Gaona Lincoln discuss a letter and petition they're about to deliver to Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, asking for a meeting. (Betsy Russell)

Rep. Shepherd agrees to meet with LGBT activists 

In response to recent statements from Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, about gays, two young activists delivered a letter to him today – signed by 200 people from across the state – calling on him to meet with them in a “town-hall style forum” to discuss...

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Senate passes teacher-pay bill, 34-0

The Senate has voted unanimously, 34-0, in favor of HB 296, the career ladder teacher-pay bill. “Senators, this is where we need to go,” said Senate Education Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls. Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, said, “The one thing that I think all...

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