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Idaho funeral homes are becoming more like event centers

Funeral homes are trying to shed their reputations as dark and somber places of the dead – by building party rooms where mourners can raise a glass, and their spirits, to celebrate the life of a loved one.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017,  photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game, Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. (Dan Baker / AP)

Idaho utility continues attempt to negate Oregon fish law

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River.
Eric Redman (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Anti-Sharia law bill advances to Idaho House

Idaho Republicans have agreed to advance anti-Sharia law legislation designed to prevent Idaho courts from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes.

State crime lab head says rape kit testing is progressing

Significant progress has been made on clearing Idaho’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits, but the lab still is not meeting a mandate to conduct tests within an average of 90 days, the head of the state crime lab said.

Idaho public defenders get just 4 hours a case

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

The state’s public defenders spend a fraction of the time they need to provide proper representation to poor people caught in the criminal justice system, according to a draft study by the Idaho Public Defense Commission.