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Bills target drivers’ phone use

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers plan to sponsor bills in the 2010 legislative session to prohibit people from sending text messages while driving.

Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and the Idaho Democratic Legislative Caucus told the Idaho Press-Tribune they intended to put forward the bills.

Another bill the Democrats plan would require drivers to use hands-free devices while talking on their cell phones.

Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, sponsored similar legislation that failed in the 2009 session. He will be the sponsor of the bills announced by Democrats.


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Then and Now: Comstock Park

new  James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.