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Boisean Faces Terrorism Charges

A Boise man from Uzbekistan has been arrested on terrorism charges; he's been indicted in both Idaho and Utah on federal charges including possessing an unregistered destructive device, providing material support to terrorists, and distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction. Click below for the full new release from the U.S. Attorney's office. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was arrested this morning in Boise and will make his initial appearance in court tomorrow in Boise/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Question: Getting a bit close to home?

Scouts Spanked For Greeting Romney

Boy Scouts from Troop 315 stand in front Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's jet after he arrives in Salt Lake City. Local Boy Scout troop leaders have been reprimanded after allowing a group of scouts to greet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a Utah airport this week. Kay Godfrey of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America says scouts are not supposed to take sides in elections, but noted many troop leaders aren't aware of the policy. Others, however, called the move an overreaction. “This is political correctness at it's pettiest,” says Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis. “The Utah Democratic Party is thrilled that a troop of Boy Scouts got an upfront visit with a Presidential nominee, right here in Utah.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Question: Do you see any problem with Boy Scouts from a flyover state for President Barack Obama to greet the Republican presidential candidate at an airport?

Newt’s $500 Check Bounces In Utah

Whoops — Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly reports that Newt Gingrich's check for the $500 filing fee for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election bounced, and he may not be on the ballot as a result. “Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced,” Rolly reports. “He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response. Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Do you expect Newt Gingrich & Ron Paul to drop out of the GOPresidential race b/n now & convention?

Undie Run Protests ‘Uptight’ Utah

People run in their underwear from the Gallivan Center to the Capitol in Salt Lake City. Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the “uptight” laws of Utah. Story & more photos here. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Djamila Grossman)

Question: Would you rather live somewhere that had “uptight” laws that tried to rein in the excesses of modern society, like Utah, or somewhere where anything goes?

Bobcats: End ‘Money Games’?

An associate athletic director at Montana State says the school's newly remodeled football stadium could mean the end of so-called “money games.” The Bobcats have played opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision in each of the past 12 years and the team will receive a $375,000 guarantee for its game against Utah on Thursday night. But senior associate athletic director Dan Davies tells the Great Falls Tribune ( http://bit.ly/ran4rA) that because MSU's stadium now has a capacity of more than 17,000, the school should be able to make enough money to play another home game they can win rather than risking a road loss for the payout. The Bobcats have beaten only one FBS team since 2000, a 19-10 upset at Colorado in 2005/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Should smaller colleges like Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington, & Idaho end “money games,” in which they receive a big payday to serve as practice fodder for major college teams?

Utah Player Disses ‘Girlsie State’

The battle between Boise State and Utah is still more than a day away on the football field – but the back and forth between the teams continues to heat up. After a physical scuffle Sunday night between players at a welcome event, one Utah wide receiver took the smack talk to Twitter. DeVonte’ Christopher wrote “I can’t wait to get out here with these Boise State or should I say Girlse State they a bunch of cheerleaders…lol”/KTVB. More here.

Question: Do you plan to watch Utah play 'Girlsie State' at MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas Wednesday?

Forbes: Idaho No. 12 Best Biz State

But some areas are doing better than others, and for many of them, it isn’t an accident. Who’s doing the best job when it comes to fostering growth? Utah, according to our fifth annual look at the Best States for Business. The Beehive State captured the top spot in our rankings for the first time, after a four-year run by Virginia at the head of the list/Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes. More here.

Question: Is Idaho a good state to own a business, in your estimation?

Idaho OK w/Concealed Weapon Permits

The state of Utah, one of Idaho’s neighbors to the south, has seen a steady rise in concealed weapons permits over the past few years that highlight some differences in how the states handle letting citizens carry firearms. A key difference between Idaho and Utah is portability—people who hold Utah’s concealed weapons can use those permits to legally carry a gun in 32 states across the country, including Idaho.  Idaho’s permit is good in just 26 states, according to the National Rifle Association (NRA). Idaho also recognizes a concealed weapon permit issued by any state in the U.S/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Idaho’s policy to recognize concealed weapons permits issued by any state?

Trib: Gem State Isn’t Poor, It’s Cheap

Where would you rather educate your children? Mississippi or Idaho? Ridiculous question, right? The Magnolia State is America’s perennial last-place finisher. As bleak as Idaho’s prospects ever got, it could always count on Mississippi to bring up the rear.Except, it turns out, when it comes to spending money on its schools. On that score, it’s the Gem State that is dangerously close to winning the dubious prize. Only Utah spends less per pupil. Moreover, those numbers don’t take into account the decision of Idaho Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter and the Republican-controlled Legislature to scale back public school spending by nearly $130 million this year/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune.

Question: Do you believe that the state of Idaho is too poor to spend more on education? Or too cheap?

Daily News: Utes, Buffs Upgrade Pac-10

The last two weeks saw a virtual hurricane blow through college athletics. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big 10, the Pac-10 nearly destroyed the Big 12 by taking four schools and Boise State left the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott had a hand in most of it, and he nearly changed the landscape of college athletics. A week ago many football fans throughout the Palouse had visions of going to Martin Stadium to watch the Cougars take on the Texas Longhorns in conference play. It was an intriguing idea, and one that nearly came to pass, but last-minute wrangling by the old guard of the Big 12 halted Scott’s vision of a super Pac-16 conference. Now Coug fans can look forward to playing Colorado and Utah instead of Texas and Oklahoma, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing/Sandra Kelly, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

  • Cutline: University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, left, attends a news conference to announce the acceptance of an invitation to join the PAC-10 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Deseret News,Mike Terry)

Question: Is the Pac-10 that much better with the addition of Utah & Colorado?

Utah Firing Squad Executes Gardner

Brandie Gardner, daughter of Ronnie Lee Gardner, is comforted during a candlelight vigil just before his execution by firing squad Friday in Salt Lake City. Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for a 1985 capital murder conviction stemming from the fatal courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell during an escape attempt. Gardener was declared dead at 12:20 a.m. June 18, 2010. ( AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

AM Headlines — 6.18.10

Following the Board of Trustees of the University of Utah vote to accept the invitation into the PAC- 10, commissioner of the college fotttball PAC- 10 Larry Scott, left, is invited to be a Ute for a day by Utah president Michael Young, lower right, who is holding his grandchildren Bryce, bottom right, and Trevor at Rice Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Deseret News,Mike Terry)

Question: Did Boise State help itself by moving to a Mountain West that doesn’t include Utah?

Sources: Utah Ready To Join Pac-10

Sources close to UteZone indicate that Utah informed the Mountain West Conference Monday of its intentions to leave the conference. When asked about this report, a representative from the Conference could neither confirm nor deny the alleged report. If sources are to be believed then, the deal to invite Utah has already been done, and is merely a formality at this point. All that would remain of course is the announcement from the PAC-10 and a press conference by the University of Utah/UteZone. More here.

Question: If Utah jumps to the Pac-10 (or Pac-12, if Colorado is considered), what did Boise State gain by jumping to the Mountain West?

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