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From left, Betsy Russell, Bryan Clark, host Melissa Davlin, and Cynthia Sewell on Friday's
From left, Betsy Russell, Bryan Clark, host Melissa Davlin, and Cynthia Sewell on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Idaho Public TV)

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes an interview with Sens. Brent Hill and Janie Ward-Engelking on federal tax conformity; a report on the death by suicide of former state Rep. Brandon Hixon, and discussion of mental health and suicide prevention with Kim Kane, manager of the state suicide prevention program; Penelope Hansen, mental health coordinator for the Boise Police; and Mary Pierce, suicide prevention coordinator for the Boise V.A.; a conversation with Scott Bedke and Clive Strong on water recharge and Box Canyon; and longtime Idaho political observer Jim Weatherby’s historical perspective on this week’s “State of the State” address from Gov. Butch Otter.

On the pundits panel, I join host Melissa Davlin, Bryan Clark of the Idaho Falls Post Register and Cynthia Sewell of the Idaho Statesman to discuss lawmakers’ anti-sexual harassment training, Otter’s proposal for no increase in discretionary funding for school districts, and more. (Incidentally, I misspoke in the final moments of the show, discussing road funding, when I said the governor has never supported "general fund for schools" - I meant "general fund for roads," of course It's been a long week.)

“Idaho Reports” airs at 8 p.m. Fridays on Idaho Public Television; after it airs, you can watch it here online any time. It also re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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