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  • Sun., June 2, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Fewer DUI arrests made over long weekend in Idaho this year

    BOISE – The Idaho State Police reported 31 DUI arrests statewide over last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, from Friday night through early Tuesday morning. ISP also reported 23 crashes, including …


  • Sat., June 1, 2013, midnight

    Idaho agencies scramble to reward workers

    BOISE – As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves this summer to become president of Texas Tech University, his parting advice to the state is to invest in its …


  • Fri., May 31, 2013, 11:33 a.m.

    Idaho scrimps on state employee pay

    As University of Idaho President Duane Nellis leaves Idaho this week to become president of Texas Tech, his parting advice to the state was to invest in its workers by …


  • Sun., May 12, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: April tax revenue well above forecasters’ expectations

    BOISE – Because Idaho budgets based on forecasts and estimates of how much tax revenue will come in, there’s always some anticipation about how revenues fare in April, the biggest …


  • Sat., April 20, 2013, midnight

    Otter signs as law limits on teachers

    BOISE – Five months after Idaho voters resoundingly rejected laws limiting schoolteacher contract rights, Idaho lawmakers resurrected many of them. Gov. Butch Otter signed five controversial bills into law to …


  • Sun., April 7, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Risch knows value of early campaign launch

    BOISE – It’s more than a year before the primary election, but Idaho Sen. Jim Risch announced last week that he’ll seek re-election in 2014. “When I ran for this …


  • Fri., March 29, 2013, 12:01 p.m.

    Former Idaho pol’s poaching conviction upheld

    Colorful former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has lost his second appeal over a 2010 elk poaching charge, with the Idaho Court of Appeals ruling unanimously that two lower courts …


  • Sun., March 10, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Universities get ‘small step’ toward deferred maintenance

    BOISE – At the start of this year’s session, Idaho’s legislative budget writers heard a report on deferred maintenance at the state’s public universities, complete with shocking pictures showing rotting …


  • Sun., March 3, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Federal cuts get panel’s attention

    BOISE – A blizzard of numbers was presented to legislative budget writers Friday on the potential impact of the federal sequestration cuts on the state. Overall, it showed a potential …


  • Tue., Jan. 29, 2013, midnight

    Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers

    BOISE – Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers Monday. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now …


  • Sun., Jan. 27, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Scholarship programs need revamp

    BOISE – Idaho’s state scholarship programs for college students lag far behind most states in the region. In response to a question from Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, Mike Rush, director …


  • Wed., Jan. 23, 2013, midnight

    Funding formula for NIC gets look

    BOISE – Lawmakers brought up a longtime sore spot during North Idaho College’s budget hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday: Why does the Coeur d’Alene community college get so …


  • Thu., Jan. 17, 2013, midnight

    Idaho lawmaker equates abortion rights to prostitution

    BOISE – A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if their pro-abortion-rights stance also means …


  • Sun., Jan. 13, 2013, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …


  • Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

    BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


  • Thu., Dec. 6, 2012, midnight

    Idaho House deposes Speaker Denney

    BOISE – Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post Wednesday night to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in …


  • Wed., Dec. 5, 2012, 8:34 p.m.

    Idaho House speaker Denney ousted

    Three-term Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, arguably the most powerful member of the Idaho Legislature, lost his leadership post tonight to rival Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, in a dramatic political …


  • Sun., Nov. 11, 2012, midnight

    Eye on Boise: Lawmaker wants teacher bonus option

    BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he doesn’t want teachers to lose the $38.8 million in performance-pay bonuses that the state is scheduled to send out to school …


  • Thu., Nov. 8, 2012, midnight

    Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

    BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. …


  • Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 4:17 p.m.

    Idaho school reform foes call for new start

    After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …