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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017

Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 9:32 a.m.

Rural Idaho schools are hiring more unlicensed teachers 

A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers into classrooms causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators. The Twin Falls School District recently hired 20 unlicensed teachers this year with more educators pursuing alternative routes to earning a state teaching certificate, The Times-News reported...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 10:27 a.m.

Power company maps energy plan for Idaho and Oregon

Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won't be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution and energy needs. Boise-based memory chipmaker Micron Technology, one of the state's largest employers, is among...

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From left, Cathy Silak, Linda Copple Trout and Robyn Brody – the only three women ever to serve as justices of the Idaho Supreme Court – speak on a panel in Boise sponsored by the Idaho Legal History Society on Sept. 14, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR)

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 6:44 a.m.

Silak, Trout and Brody talk women on Idaho’s highest court

In more than 150 years, just three women have served on the Idaho Supreme Court, and the three have some interesting insights into why that is, and what could change it. Current Justice Robyn Brody, former Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout, and former Justice Cathy Silak spoke on a panel Thursday sponsored by the Idaho Legal History Society...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 15, 2017

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Idaho governor weighs in on immigration detention contract 

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told Jerome County officials that they should not be swayed by possible legal challenges as they consider leasing space in the county's new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an Aug. 28 letter, Otter wrote to Captain George Oppedyk, law enforcement commander with the Jerome County Sheriff's office...

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This June 4, 2016 photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way in the night sky at the foot of the Boulder Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. (AP / Nils Ribi Photography)

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 10:53 a.m.

Stargazers eye the nation's first dark sky reserve in Idaho

Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state's sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way. "We know the night sky has inspired...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 7:55 a.m.

Idaho sends 10 delegates to balanced budget convention 13 

Idaho has sent 10 lawmakers to a planning meeting in Arizona to debate details for carrying out a growing national effort to amend the Constitution to require a balanced U.S. budget. Idaho's top legislative leaders approved sending the Republican delegates, despite the GOP-controlled statehouse's repeated failures to pass legislation calling...

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