THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 1.29.15 

Sisyphus nailed the panel vote on the head when he predicted a party-line split in the House State Affairs Committee re: the "Add the Words" legislation. Opinion Editor Jon Alexander of the Twin Falls Times News was one vote off. In Red Zone Idaho, it...

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Parting Shot -- 1.29.15

Skaters leave the podium with flower model passing by during victory ceremony for ice dance at the European Figure Skating championships in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Update: 'Add The Words' Bill Nixed 78 

The amended substitute motion, to send HB 2 to the full House with no recommendation, has failed on a straight party-line vote, with the committee’s four Democrats voting in favor, and the 13 Republicans against. As the committee moved on to the substitute motion –...

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Update: Teen Confessed To Murders 

The murder trial of a Coeur d’Alene 15-year-old accused of killing his father and brother has been rescheduled for this summer to give his defense team more time to prepare. Also, the judge in the case suggested the Kootenai County prosecutor and the public defender...

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Cutline Contest -- Take 2 

Since the first photo I tried today didn't get much action, let's try again. Here's singer Katy Perry chasing after her dog Butters at a halftime news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Thursday in Phoenix. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.29.15

PM Scanner Traffic (27 items + AM Scanner Traffic link): 20ish female & infant hurt when silver SUV crashes through front door of Post Falls Dollar Store. EMTs on scene. Earlier this PM, male working in Ground Force tank was overcome by fumes & passed out.

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CdA MLB Player Bridges, 87, RIP 

Rocky Bridges, a journeyman infielder with several Major League Baseball teams who moved to Coeur d'Alene after his playing and coaching career was over, has died at age 87. Sports scribe Greg Lee reports on the life and death of this king of the one-liners.

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No Delavan Decision Today 

Kootenai County commissioners have scheduled a public meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, to further discuss the possibility of rehiring former airport manager Greg Delavan. The board met in executive session to discuss the matter this morning. No decision was made today. Chairman David...

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Another Specialty Plate Proposed

A second new specialty license plate has been proposed this session, this one an “America the Beautiful” plate that would raise funds for charitable efforts by a charity affiliated with Support Our Troops, a group that supports military families. The Senate Transportation Committee agreed to...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 1.29.15

EWU star QB Vernon Davis is making big news by visiting the University of Oregon, which has offered him a scholarship to call signals next year. Vince Grippi/A Grip on Sports observes that recruiting is never done in college football + links to 8 other blog posts in the HucksOnline blogosphere.

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Keystone Vote Elates Risch, Crapo 

U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today joined a bipartisan majority of their Senate colleagues to support the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline project. “The Keystone Pipeline will create thousands of jobs and invest billions of dollars in the economy,” said Risch. “I have fought...

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'Add The Words' Group Disappointed 

Chairwoman Cindy Gross of Add the Words issued this statement after the House State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 along party lines to reject legislation that would extend human rights protections to gays: "Emotions are high after hearing three days of powerful testimony from hardworking Idahoans...

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On The Waterfront -- 1.29.15 

I went solo today during the noon walk because Greg Lee was working on a story re: the death of former Major League infielder Rocky Bridges, who retired to Coeur d'Alene after playing for a handful of teams during his 11-year career and later managing...

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How Will You Watch Super Bowl? 

I'm seriously considering watching Super Bowl XLIX at home with Mrs. O. Just the two of us. I want to watch the game -- and am curious about the commercials. She wants to watch only the commercials. We wouldn't have any of the distractions that...

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Ybarra Budget To Get Rewrite 

The K-12 budget Sherri Ybarra sketched out Thursday won’t be the budget that comes out of the 2015 Legislature. Rep. Maxine Bell, the co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, said as much, after the new state schools superintendent completed her first appearance before the Legislature’s...

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Otter Legacy? New Yucca Mountain 

High Country News spotlights Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's decision to allow the Department of Energy to bring more nuclear waste into the Gem State. In the article, former governor Butch Otter predicts Otter's legacy will be the creation of another Yucca Mountain in the state.

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Seattle's Lynch Lectures Reporters 49 

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch exits an interview for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Thursday in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Marshawn Lynch broke his media silence today by lecturing reporters: "I don't...

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Cindy: Bragging On My Brood 

Cindy doesn't apologize for bragging up the accomplishments of her four boys. They may speak fluent social media. But she's delighted that all four of them can write. Question: How often do you brag up your kids?

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Edit: Obamacare Working In Idaho 

Obamacare works, especially in Idaho. Health care reform has saved taxpayers a bundle of money and delivered better health care. So say the people who have been trying to prop up the Gem State's antiquated system of providing health care to those unable to buy...

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Poll: Most Back Wolf Shooter 

Wednesday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation said they would not vote to convict Forrest Mize, who said he shot a wolf without a tag on Rathdrum Mountain, to protect his dogs. 115 of 217 respondents (53%) would support Mize's innocence. 92 of 217 respondents...

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AM Headlines -- 1.29.15

AM Headlines: While "Add the Words" advocates grieved following 13-4 committee vote that rejected their legislation, there was some talk of a compromise + 7 links to other stories making headlines this morning.

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Idaho Agencies Face Bias Claim 

The tort claim alleges that Idaho Department of Labor Director Ken Edmunds and former Idaho Human Rights Commission Director Pamela Parks discriminated against Don Dew while he was interviewing for a job as Idaho Human Rights Commission director because he has epilepsy and is gay....

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City To Work On Dike Thru February 

The city’s portion of the work on the Dike Road will be completed at the end of February. The KEA is accurate in its estimate that about 70 percent of the trees along the Dike Road will remain. As noted previously, most of the trees...

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Cutline Contest -- 1.29.15 

Neil Blan, bottom, and Katherine Shea practice yoga at Echo Park in Los Angeles Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Wednesday Winner -- DeePee, with 11 likes: "Wallace residents discover it's July." And Runnerup -- ThomG57, with 8 likes: "Boston residents hope to...

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