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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.
Idaho state Rep. Paulette Jordan speaks during a women's march rally Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (John Locher / AP)

Lawmaker will bring in substitute while running for governor

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan says that because of likely delays in appointing a replacement and her constituents not being represented on crucial votes, she will not be resigning from the Idaho House after all.
Colt Killian, left, and Rob Cox manipulate radioactive material remotely behind a protective barrier May 11, 2015, at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Energy doesn't need to make public documents involving spent commercial nuclear fuel shipments to eastern Idaho sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus. (Keith Ridler / AP)

Court: Idaho nuclear waste documents won’t be made public

BOISE – U.S. officials don’t have to provide details about proposed shipments of extremely radioactive spent commercial nuclear fuel to the country’s top government nuclear research laboratory in Idaho, a federal court has ruled. The ruling was a major setback to a lawsuit filed by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who had a long history of legal battles with the Energy Department over nuclear waste entering the state and a firm belief that residents had a right to know the agency’s plans.
This April 15, 2017, video image courtesy of KTVB-TV shows the remote area where skeletal remains were found in a badger hole north of Mountain Home, Idaho. (Paul Boehlke / Associated Press)

500-year-old skeletons sought by 3 Native American tribes

Somewhere in Boise, the 500-year-old skeletons of two Native Americans found last year when a badger apparently unearthed them from their resting place in Idaho’s high desert sagebrush steppe are being stored as three tribes seek to claim them as their own and anthropologists who study Native Americans lament what they say is a lost research opportunity.
An Elmore County Sheriff’s vehicle is shown April 15, 2017 in the remote area where skeletal remains were found in a badger hole north of Mountain Home, Idaho. (Paul Boehlke / KTVB)

Tribes seek Native American bones found at unique Idaho site

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

The U.S. government is negotiating with three Native American tribes to return the 500-year-old skeletons of a young adult and child found at a southwestern Idaho site that authorities first thought was a more recent crime scene.

New homelessness response system underway in Idaho

A new homelessness response system launched Jan. 22 across Idaho prioritizes those with the greatest needs rather than the first-come, first-serve approach that homeless service providers have used in the past, said Sojourners’ Alliance executive director Steve Bonnar.