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FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2017






Former employee harassment investigation cost Idaho $14K

State invoice records show it cost Idaho taxpayers roughly $14,000 for the state Controller's Office to hire a private law firm to investigate sexual and racial harassment claims against a top employee. State officials said Thursday the office hired outside attorneys to prevent any conflicts of interest...

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Company ordered to pay Idaho tribes for toxic waste storage

A federal court has ruled that an agribusiness company that mined phosphate for fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually to eastern Idaho tribes to store millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal lands. Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in a 33-page order on Thursday granted a request by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017


Self-insurance proposal could save Idaho $13M 

According to Mercer — the state's newest actuarial consultant — Idaho taxpayers could save roughly $13 million during the first year of implementing a self-insurance model. Under a such a plan, the state would pay for health insurance for about 45,600 state workers and family members directly rather than purchasing insurance through...

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Non-traditional hires surge amid Idaho teacher shortage

As Idaho’s teacher shortage continues, school districts and charter schools are being forced to improvise, Idaho EdNews reports. They are hiring more and more professionals with no teaching experience or college graduates who didn’t major in education. They are moving some veteran teachers into new...

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Idaho, Washington delegations respond to Trump/GOP tax plan 

resident Donald Trump’s announcement of planned tax reforms Wednesday drew praise from Republicans in the Washington and Idaho delegations, who said it would provide financial relief to working Americans and boost economic growth. Washington’s senior Democrat, meanwhile, criticized the plan as a way to help the rich at the expense of the middle...

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This photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game shows Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The number of the endangered fish that made it back this year is the second worst in the last decade but there are enough hatchery-raised fish to make up for the bad return.  (AP/Idaho F&G / Dan Baker)

Imperiled Idaho sockeye salmon run falters with poor return

The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the last decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program going. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said 159 of the federally protected fish arrived at the Sawtooth...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017




Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves a motions hearing during a lunch break on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Fort Bragg, N.C. A military judge has denied efforts by Bergdahl to gather more information on discussions between a prosecutor and the Trump administration. Bergdahl faces court-martial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. (AP/Fayetteville Observer / Andrew Craft)

Judge rejects Bergdahl request for White House meeting info

A military judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors trying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl don't have to turn over more information about conversations one of them had with the Trump administration about the case. Prosecutors have acknowledged that one of them spoke to a lawyer for the National Security Council earlier this year about defense efforts...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2017



MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017


Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, third from left, speaks Monday at the Idaho Capitol in favor of a proposal to beef up victim’s rights protections in the Idaho Constitution; a similar measure failed in the Idaho Legislature last year. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Legislative battle taking shape again over how best to protect Idaho crime victims’ rights 

Tissue in hand, the young crime victim recounted her experience with Idaho’s criminal justice system after being raped by an 18-year-old at the age of 14. “I was often overlooked in the court proceedings,” she said, “at times not even made aware of certain hearings. … I was often forced to find different accommodations, such as traveling over...

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Politico points to Idaho, Rep. Perry, in report on how conservative lawmakers are pushing public defense reform

Politico is featuring Idaho Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, today in an extensive article on how conservative state lawmakers across the nation are becoming advocates for public defense reform. In Idaho, Perry co-chaired the legislative interim committee to improve Idaho’s constitutionally troubled public defense system, and...

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