WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

Driverless Cars In Idaho? Seriously? 

Idaho citizens could soon be sharing the road with driverless cars. A Senate panel considered a bill Tuesday that would allow companies to test self-driving cars on Idaho highways. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Bert Brackett says the plan's goal is to encourage businesses to...

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AM Headlines -- 3.4.15

Daylight-saving time bill dead/Eye on Boise 7 senators skip Hindu prayer/Betsy Russell, SR Teacher career ladder bill introduced/Eye on Boise Ex-NIC employee could face more charges/Scott Maben, SR

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Why Ask Why? 

Why is it that everyone is expected to sit through a christian prayer; yet when another faith wishes to offer a prayer Christians do not feel they should offer the one praying the same level of respect they constantly demand from everyone else? -- Khaliela...

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Cutline Contest -- 3.4.15 

In this 2013 AP file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. In wake of Netanyahu's controversial visit to the United States this week, I thought it would be interesting to offer this...

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.4.15 

All appears quiet on the North Idaho front this Hump Day. But we haven't heard from the Legislative District 2 delegation yet. You never know when legislators Vick, Vito & Eric will light up the social media with an over-the-top comment or action. That's why...

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March 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a rhyme for the approaching March Madness? Of course he does.

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Sandpoint: Best Spot To Retire 

Sandpoint is the best place to retire in Idaho, according to the financial question-and-answer website, SmartAsset, which ranked it number one with a rating of 92.73 out of 100. The site rated cities all over the U.S. based on three factors, including tax burden; availability...

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Edit: Butch & Inspector General 

If anybody ought to be leading the crusade for Rep. John Rusche's plan to install an independent inspector general to short-circuit waste, fraud and abuse in the state of Idaho, it ought to be the man at the top. After all, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter...

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SR: Local Broadband Beats State's

Local school districts are benefiting from a scandal that disconnected the statewide network for broadband. This happenstance should be a giant signal to the Idaho Legislature that state control was a bad idea from the beginning. Lawmakers were forced to approve $3.64 million in emergency...

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Gilliam Takes Reins Of Jobs Plus 

She might be small, but she's a big name in Idaho economic development. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam was introduced Tuesday as the new president of Jobs Plus, Inc. Idaho's chief economic development officer in 2012 and 2013 and an economic development veteran in small and large communities for more than 20 years, Gilliam takes over for Steve Griffitts...

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Edit: Ed Rhetoric, Actions Don't Match  

For years, Idaho's education vehicle has been in neutral. The Great Recession and Questionable Priorities put that vehicle on an icy hill. It has not slid forward. A new era of ambitious talk that could be a prelude to actual action resounded through the Capitol...

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Female Inmates Can Work, Too 

Jailed women in Kootenai County now have the chance to work while behind bars, an opportunity long afforded only to male inmates. Richard Eppink, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, told The Press Monday that his organization received a complaint in...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.3.15 

It appears that Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed has split the North Idaho senators, with Sens. Vick and Nuxoll opting to boycott. And Sens. Keough and Souza deciding to pay their respects. Sen. Nonini missed the prayer because he was running late as the result of a business meeting ...

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Parting Shot -- 3.3.15 10 

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivers a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate today in Boise. The Idaho Senate convened Tuesday with a Hindu prayer for the first time since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890, drawing objections from seven lawmakers...

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Ex-NIC Official Bekken Posts Bail 

A judge in Kootenai County lowered the bond for former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken today, even as a prosecutor said Bekken is suspected of having used federal financial aid funds to buy photographs. Bekken is accused of offering students scholarship...

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Jobs Plus Hires New President 

A former economic development official for the state of Idaho will lead the effort to expand and diversify Kootenai County’s economy and employment base. Gynii Abracosa Gilliam of Boise is the new president of Jobs Plus, Inc., the Coeur d’Alene area economic development corporation. Gilliam...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 13 

President Barack Obama, right, smiles as outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, left, bows to singer Aretha Franklin as she arrives in a surprise appearance to sing at an event celebrating Holder at the Department of Justice in Washington Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn...

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Utah Guv Will Veto Con-Carry 

Utah's governor says he would veto a resurrected bill that would allow anyone over 21 to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he thinks Utah's gun laws work well as they are. A Senate...

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NCAA Lifts UI's Postseason Ban

Idaho says the NCAA has lifted the football team's postseason ban imposed for failing to meet academic standards for the 2009 through 2012 seasons. The school said in a statement Monday that efforts by coach Paul Petrino, who took over in December 2012, resulted in...

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CdA Bank Robber Gets 8 Years 

A Coeur d'Alene man convicted of robbing banks in Oregon and Idaho was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison this week. 35-year-old Ricky Allen Fisher pleaded guilty in December to robbing banks in Ontario, Oregon and Cottonwood, Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.3.15 

The local blog roundup today includes Slight Detour's photos of a crispy Tuesday in Bonner County+Democrat Chris Carlson attends Benewah County Lincoln Day+7 Blog looks at Friday's openings including "Chappie"+Outdoors reports on Montana, Idaho wolf hunt ...

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