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  • Woman is first charged under Idaho hoax bomb law

    A transgender woman who police say planted what appeared to be four pipe bombs then set fire to her trailer home and car became the first person to be charged …


  • Forecast: Economic recovery for Idaho in 2011

    Idaho is on track for an economic recovery in 2011, according to the state’s latest official forecast - though state lawmakers and the governor set a pessimistic budget for 2011 …


  • Univ. of Idaho president criticizes state leaders

    University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says state budget cuts are risking education programs and innovation at the Moscow campus.


  • Lowest number of bills introduced; 359 passed

    BOISE – Now that it’s all said and done, here are the numbers on this year’s Idaho legislative session: In 78 days, there were 816 pieces of legislation drafted, 620 …


  • Snag kept Idaho legislators from passing texting while driving ban

    BOISE – There was one issue on which Idaho lawmakers from both parties were united before this year’s legislative session started: Making Idaho the 24th state to ban texting while …


  • GOP candidates dispute how to fight health reform

    BOISE – Two of Gov. Butch Otter’s opponents in the GOP primary are critical of his high-profile legal fight against federal health care reform, and say they’d approach it differently. …


  • Idaho joins Montana gun freedom case

    Idaho has joined a federal court case in Montana arguing that locally made and used guns should be exempt from all federal laws, including registration requirements. It’s a follow-up to …


  • Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


  • Tax-cutters’ arguments out of sync with Otter

    BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers closed their session this past week, there was a final “informational” hearing on HB 707, a measure to cut the state’s corporate and individual income …


  • Idaho cuts welfare programs amid shrinking budgets

    The shrinking budget for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare is already having an impact on dozens of mentally ill patients and some of the services those clients receive.


  • Idaho lawmakers wrap up

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers wrapped up a 78-day legislative session Monday that was marked by deep, unprecedented spending cuts – including big cuts to schools – and strident railing against …


  • Idaho lawmakers OK deep spending cuts to end session

    Idaho lawmakers wrapped up a 78-day legislative session Monday that was marked by deep, unprecedented spending cuts - including big cuts to schools - and strident railing against the federal …


  • Sayler got real education serving in Legislature

    BOISE – George Sayler taught government to high school students for 31 years, but when he arrived in the state Legislature eight years ago, he said, “I had a lot …


  • House passes softer texting-while-driving bill

    BOISE – Texting while driving would become an infraction in Idaho under legislation that was introduced in and passed by the state House in a single day Friday. The measure, …


  • Elected officials’ pay stirs debate

    BOISE – Plans to give Idaho’s top state elected officials raises over the next four years are scooting through the state Legislature – but not without protest, as lawmakers also …


  • Idaho House passes softer texting while driving bill

    Texting while driving would become an infraction in Idaho under legislation that was introduced in and passed by the state House in a single day Friday.


  • Legislature makes deep cuts in proposed school budget

    BOISE – Angst-filled Idaho state lawmakers sent a budget for public schools to Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday that contains historic spending cuts, saying it was the best they could …


  • Lawmakers back wider basin cleanup

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers say that if the Environmental Protection Agency dramatically expands cleanup efforts in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, the state might be supportive – but it’s not ready …


  • Idaho House approves school budget cuts

    Angst-filled Idaho state lawmakers sent a budget for public schools that contains historic cuts to Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday, saying it was the best they could do. Rep. Maxine …


  • Idaho Senate panel kills coinage

    BOISE – Idaho is unlikely to begin minting its own silver currency any time soon. State Rep. Phil Hart’s proposal to create an official Idaho silver medallion that could be …


  • Idaho House trims Medicaid

    BOISE – Idaho’s health insurance program for the poor will have to squeeze providers for savings under a $1.55 billion budget passed narrowly by the House on Wednesday. The 38-30 …


  • Senate backs making hunter information private

    Senators voted 30-3 to exempt hunting and fishing license information from Idaho’s public records laws.


  • Idaho silver medallion bill killed

    Idaho is unlikely to begin minting its own silver currency any time soon. State Rep. Phil Hart’s proposal to create an official Idaho silver medallion that could be used to …


  • Idaho eyes broader land management

    BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for looking into the feasibility of the state taking over management of some or all federal land in Idaho, …


  • Reduced spending plan for schools clears Idaho Senate

    BOISE – Deep, historic cuts in public school spending in Idaho won strong passage in the Idaho Senate on Monday, with many senators warning that rejection of the plan would …


  • Idaho Senate backs school cuts

    Deep, historic cuts in public school funding in Idaho won a strong vote for passage in the Idaho Senate on Monday, with many senators warning that rejection of the plan …


  • Idaho House passes bill removing outdated terms

    Idaho lawmakers have pushed forward a bill to eliminate words like “retarded” and “idiot” from state code.


  • Rainy day higher ed fund sailing along

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers say they want to protect state colleges and universities from future state budget swings by creating a special reserve fund – though there’s hardly any money …


  • Sali back at Capitol to testify, endorse

    BOISE – Controversial former U.S. Rep. Bill Sali resurfaced in Idaho politics on Friday, testifying against child immunizations at a state House committee he once chaired and scheduling a Statehouse …


  • Deal trims some rules on sewage

    BOISE – A North Idaho lawmaker’s proposal to eliminate all of the Panhandle Health District’s sewage rules – including those that protect the aquifer that provides the Inland Northwest’s drinking …

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