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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Workforce training, community colleges…

Gov. Butch Otter is calling for more partnerships in the state’s workforce training program. “You can expect to see more targeted use of grants for training employees not just for individual businesses, but for the market-driven growth of industry sectors that add value to Idaho’s...

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Governor backs school WiFi contract

Gov. Butch Otter has included money in his proposed state budget for next year to continue the five- to 15-year WiFi contract that state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna signed this year with Education Networks of America. The initial funding was just from a one-year,...

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Sen. Janie Ward Engelking, D-Boise, with her mother, Eloise Ward (Betsy Russell)

Newest senator sworn in, session ready to start today

The Idaho Senate’s newest member, Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, was sworn in this morning, as the legislative session kicks off today; here, she’s shown leaving the Senate chamber after the ceremony with her mom, Eloise Ward, and other family members. Ward-Engelking, formerly a state representative,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV. (IPTV / Seth Ogilvie)

Idaho Reports kicks off legislative season

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television – the kickoff to the program’s weekly coverage of this year’s legislative session - I join Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss what’s ahead. Also, Davlin interviews former House...

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Prospects dim for broadening Medicaid eligibility in Idaho 

AP reporter John Miller reports that Republicans today dampened expectations about broadening Medicaid health care eligibility this year for poor Idaho residents on the same grounds they balked in 2013: Before taking extra federal money, the existing system should be overhauled to encourage beneficiaries to...

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Sen. Brent Hill speaks as part of a panel of legislative leaders on Friday, at the AP Legislative Preview (Betsy Russell)

Legislative leaders look ahead to session...

As legislative leaders take center stage this morning at the AP Legislative Preview, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, told the assembled reporters, “You’re really not as intimidating as a group as you are one on one.” Hill said he’s “really excited” about the state’s...

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Otter on core standards: 'I'm supporting it'

Gov. Butch Otter reiterated his support for the Idaho Core Standards today, saying, “There was a very healthy vote in favor of the standards when the Legislature addressed the issue.” He said, “I believe it was the right thing to do.” Idaho needs to be...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014



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