THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

'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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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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PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.29.15

PM Scanner Traffic (7 items so far): A male working with a chemical substance inside a tank at Ground Force has lost consciousness. Rescue crews are working to get him out of the tank and to Kootenai Health.

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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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Double Murder Trial Delayed 

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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Update: 'Add The Words' Bill Nixed 58 

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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Marshawn Lynch Lectures Reporters 26 

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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Organization Fires Bryan Fischer 

Former Boise pastor Bryan Fischer has been fired as spokesman for the American Family Association. On Wednesday, Tim Wildmon, President of the America Family Association told MSNBC that they were firing Fischer. Fischer was known for his adamant stand against gays.

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Paper Defends 'Ad No Words' Ad

At KBOI, reporter Eric Gonzalez writes: "A sticky note ad that speaks out against the Add the Words bill was on the front page of the Idaho Statesman Wednesday. The ad stated, Add No Words, Stand up to bullying!' The paper says the ad went...

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Spokane-To-CdA Bus Service? 13 

An express bus service from Spokane Valley to Coeur d’Alene is among the improvements to service Spokane Transit Authority officials are considering if voters approve a tax increase this spring. The plan calls for extending routes of some of the freeway express buses that serve...

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Sims: We'll Continue To Listen 13 

Before voting to reject Add the Words legislation, Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, said, “This has been 21 hours of some very compassionate testimony and I’ve listened to it all. But you know, the time I spent on Idaho’s Human Rights Commission taught me that...

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Silver Valley Turns Back To Boxing 

Caleb Allen, 10, from the Spokane Boxing Club, is congratulated by his coach and another club boxer after winning his 85-pound bout at "Fight Night" in Wallace, Idaho which was an event that was prominent in the town of miners and loggers from the early...

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Loertscher: 'Stop The Cruelty' 

Before the vote to reject the "Add the Words" legislation, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said: "Every member of this committee has changed because of this process. None of us here, as we’ve gone through this hearing, can honestly say that we...

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Have Conservatives Quit Palin? 10 

In the Washington Post, reporter Karen Tumulty writes: "They’re over her. Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the...

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