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The execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution is shown  Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise. (Jessie L. Bonne / AP)

UI law prof sues Idaho for execution records

A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state’s Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs.

Chilling loophole

John Mebane was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for molesting a 4-year-old Lewiston boy in 1993. His criminal convictions include performing sex acts on one other boy and having the boy inappropriately touch him. Mebane was charged with abusing a third child, but that charge was dropped. He has another parole hearing in five years. If he is released – around 93 percent of those incarcerated are eventually paroled – John Mebane won’t be added to the sex offender registry.

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho, with access to health care and other services, under a proposal from housing agencies and local officials.
Mistelle Okada, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at East Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, poses for a photo on Friday, February 9, 2018. (John Roark / Associated Press)

Breast milk shortage affects life’s most vulnerable babies

But not every mother can breast feed, and when a baby is born premature that sustenance becomes the meaning of life and death. However, this life-saving elixir is in short supply because of a nationwide breast milk shortage.