Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to establish a military-based program targeted at high school dropouts in northern Idaho is headed to the state House of Representatives for debate. A House panel voted Thursday to advance the legislation, SB 1208, which directs the Idaho National Guard to establish a Youth Challenge Program in Pierce. Don Ebert chairs the Clearwater County Commission and says the move, which is expected to create 50 new jobs in northern Idaho, “is huge for us.” The House is expected to debate the bill later Thursday. It has passed the Senate. Federal dollars would cover most of the program's startup costs. The state will use private funding to cover a 25 percent share of the program's annual $4 million cost by 2013. Nationwide, the Youth Challenge Program has 33 camps in 27 states.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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