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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017

Terri Hendrickx of Tensed, Idaho, chats with customers on July 1, 2004,  at Iron Mountain Fireworks along U.S. 95 in Tensed. Her family runs the fireworks stand, one of several operated under license by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, allowing them to sell skyrockets, firecrackers and mortars which are illegal in most areas of the Inland Northwest. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 5:36 P.M.

Idaho lawmakers reject anti-fireworks bill

An Idaho House committee voted down legislation Monday to ban the sale of illegal aerial fireworks in Idaho – even though they’re illegal to use in the state, under current law, if people sign an affidavit saying they’ll be shooting them off elsewhere they can be sold in-state, and two southwestern Idaho sales outlets do big business under that clause.

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Idaho’s state Capitol dome under a clear, deep-blue sky on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 (Betsy Z. Russell)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 3:45 P.M.

Idaho lawmakers introduce $10 million health-gap bill

An Idaho House committee voted unanimously Monday to introduce legislation to launch a new state Health Care Assistance Program, which would tap the state’s Millennium Fund for $10 million next year to provide primary care and limited prescription coverage to some of the Idaho adults who fall into the state’s health coverage gap.

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In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan. (Ted Richardson / AP)

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 11:30 A.M.

Judge questions effect of Trump comments on Bergdahl case

A military judge called President Donald Trump’s scathing campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “disturbing” on Monday and questioned whether it would make the public think the soldier can’t get a fair trial for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017, 1 P.M.

Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

BOISE – Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices Water Quality Audit released late last week found ...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

In this photo taken April 6, 2016, a sign at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., is shown to inform visitors of the federal government's REAL ID act, which requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they're legally in the United States. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 2:06 P.M.

New bill would allow Idahoans choices on Real ID compliance

BOISE – An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow two options for driver’s licenses – one that complies with federal identification requirements and one that doesn’t. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Republican Sen. Steve Vick, of Dalton ...

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:32 P.M.

Rep. Heather Scott proposes bill to protect sled-dog racing

Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, persuaded a House committee on Friday to introduce her bill to clarify that sled dog racing is exempt from Idaho’s ban on dog racing, which was imposed in 1996 amid concerns over reported abuse of greyhounds raced at a North Idaho dog track. Scott said she wanted to ensure that state law doesn’t “make Idaho mushers felons.”

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Kevin Serr, general manager of Compass Construction, is shown with wife, Marnie, and son, Jake, participating in a weekly Blessings Under the Bridge feed on a Wednesday night. Kevin is vice president of the nonprofit which feeds the homeless under an I-90 overpass in Spokane. (Courtesy of Kevin Serr)

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Huckleberries: Not your usual business card, but it did the trick

Contractor Kevin Serr of Compass Construction, a disaster restoration business, usually doesn’t receive a resume scribbled on the back of a Keystone Light beer box that once held 12 cans of 12 fluid ounces. But he did this week. From a fellow named Ken. And the Spokane contractor was intrigued enough by the unusual job application to give the man a second look.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017

This Jan. 25, 2017, photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows mule deer resting in snow near Weiser, Idaho. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game / Via the Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:15 A.M.

Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried

Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and experts meeting Wednesday in Boise as part of the Idaho Department of Water Resources’ Water Supply Committee say there will be enough water this year to meet the needs of cities, farmers and hydropower producers.

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Eye On BoiseThe week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also ...