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TUESDAY, OCT. 31, 2017



Judge OKs sales of children's book focusing on Idaho artist

A children’s fictional biography of a self-taught Idaho artist whose work appears in museums around the world went on sale Tuesday after a federal judge ruled the author likely didn't violate copyright laws. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ruled that Allen Say's "Silent Days, Silent Dreams" is not likely to infringe...

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MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

The James A. McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Boise, where attorneys in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit between Asarco and Union Pacific faced off Monday morning, Oct. 30, 2017. The trial, over cleanup costs for mining contamination in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, is expected to run for three weeks. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Asarco, Union Pacific RR back in court over CdA Basin cleanup $$

Eight years after paying out $482 million to fund cleanup from a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Silver Valley, the copper mining firm Asarco is back in court, demanding that Union Pacific Railroad pay it $130 million because it contends the railroad caused a big piece of the damage. The railroad is furiously denying the claim...

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Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership. Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told Eye on Boise on Friday that he’s running for majority leader, and so far there’s no one running against him. That leaves..

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FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017



Otter makes workforce development council changes

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter issued an executive order today, following recommendations from the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force, calling for the state’s 36-member workforce development council to be given more authority and to be “more independent and industry-driven.” “Idaho businesses need a more nimble, responsive...

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Two construction workers from Upsom Roofing, in orange shirts, work on the dome above the Idaho House chamber at the Idaho state Capitol, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

A job site with a view...

This year’s heavy winter caused some leaking in the Idaho House chamber, prompting multiple temporary patches, but when the snow cleared, inspections revealed that the copper roofing on the House and Senate domes is deteriorating and needs replacement. The existing copper roofing was installed in...

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Hixon investigation turned over to Attorney General's office

Authorities said Thursday the criminal investigation involving a former state representative has been turned over to the Idaho Attorney General's office. According to Caldwell police, the Attorney General's office will continue the investigation into 36-year-old Brandon Hixon from Caldwell. Officials have declined to share details about the case...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017


Teacher shortage widespread in Idaho

Idaho’s teacher shortage is widespread, and it’s unlikely to go away any time soon, Idaho Education News reports. Some school districts have left jobs vacant this fall, for lack of qualified applicants. Others are plugging vacancies with uncertified teachers; in eastern Idaho, about a fifth...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2017


Mitt Romney endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho governor

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018. Romney, who will appear with Ahlquist at a campaign rally in Idaho Falls this evening, said in a news release, “Tommy Ahlquist’s unparalleled real-world experience as both a doctor and...

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