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Lawsuit faults Idaho water quality protection efforts

An environmental group is suing federal water and wildlife agencies, contending that the agencies have long delayed taking the steps needed to protect Idaho's water quality, the Associated Press reports. Northwest Environmental Advocates, based in Portland, Ore., filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court against the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday. The environmental group claims that the federal agencies have dragged their feet for 17 years when it comes to requiring Idaho to protect its waters and aquatic species. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

Federal judge issues restraining order in Idaho abortion law challenge

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to keep a prosecutor from refiling charges against a woman accused of having an illegal abortion. Jennie Linn McCormack sued over Idaho's so-called “fetal pain” law banning abortions after 20 weeks and over a law that effectively prohibits women in her region from getting a medication-induced abortion. She filed the lawsuit in federal court after Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Heideman charged her with a felony, saying she obtained an abortion drug over the internet and administered it to herself. Those charges were later dropped without prejudice, allowing the prosecutor to refile the charge if he chose. On Friday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a 14-day restraining order barring the prosecutor from refiling charges as McCormack's federal lawsuit moves forward.

Pocatello woman sues over Idaho’s ‘fetal pain’ abortion law

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho woman who was briefly charged with having an illegal abortion is suing in federal court, contending that Idaho's so-called “fetal pain” law and other abortion bans violate the U.S. Constitution. Jennie McCormack's lawsuit against Bannock County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Hiedeman is believed to be the first to directly challenge the constitutionality of a new Idaho ban on abortions done after 20 weeks, based on the premise that a fetus may feel pain at that point. Idaho is one of six states that have enacted the bans. Heideman could not be immediately reached for comment. McCormack was charged with a felony in June after police said the Pocatello woman took pills to terminate her pregnancy last December. A judge later dismissed the criminal case for lack of evidence. Click below for the full AP report.

Church sues city over zoning rules

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — A church is suing the city of Mountain Home in federal court, contending the city's zoning rules violate the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against religious groups. No Limits Christian Ministries applied for a conditional use permit so the church could worship in a vacant building. But the city denied the church's request, saying that there weren't enough parking spaces for the congregation and that people who parked on blocks adjacent to the building would have to cross busy city streets, possibly posing a hazard. In the lawsuit, the church says Mountain Home's zoning rules violate the First and 14th Amendments because while it allows clubs, lodges and other group activities without requiring special permits, it specifically bars churches and requires that religious groups prove they deserve a conditional use permit.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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