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Defense attorney appointed to Idaho death penalty case

SANDPOINT – An attorney qualified to handle death penalty cases has been appointed to represent the Washington state man accused of stabbing to death a cab driver in northern Idaho.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reported a judge appointed Twin Falls attorney R. Keith Roark to represent 20-year-old Jacob Corban Coleman, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

According to court documents, Chief Public Defender Janet Whitney moved for the appointment, saying the attorneys in her office were not qualified to provide defense counsel in capital offense cases.

Authorities say Coleman killed 22-year-old Gagandeep Singh in Kootenai in August. Singh had picked him up at the Spokane International Airport and drove him to Idaho.

Bonner County prosecutors have filed notice of intent to seek the death penalty.

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Idaho environmental official seeks money for mine pollution

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Idaho’s top environmental official says his agency needs money needs money to clean up toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine near one of the world’s top ski destinations. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director John Tippets on Friday also told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that additional money is needed as the agency takes over for the federal government in regulating pollution that gets into waterways.