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  • Questions raised about Idaho school reforms

    Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s sweeping education reform plan, which he detailed to nearly half the Legislature in a massive joint …


  • Idaho bill would ban cigar wraps

    BOISE – The Cigar Association of America wants Idaho to outlaw “blunt wraps,” a type of roll-your-own cigar wrapper, as drug paraphernalia. Russ Westerberg, lobbyist for the group, told the …


  • Cigar group wants Idaho to ban ‘blunt wraps’

    The Cigar Association of America wants Idaho to outlaw “blunt wraps,” a type of roll-your-own cigar wrapper, as drug paraphernalia.


  • Idaho troopers doing duties with 1977 staffing level

    BOISE – There are the same number of Idaho State Police troopers patrolling the state’s roads now as there were in 1977, Idaho lawmakers learned last week, even though the …


  • Luna pitches education reform

    BOISE – Idaho would eliminate tenure for new teachers, limit all collective bargaining agreements with teachers to one year and raise class sizes in grades four to 12 to fund …


  • Idaho looks at sweeping school-reform plan

    Idaho would eliminate tenure for new teachers, limit all collective bargaining agreements with teachers to one year and raise class sizes in grades 4-12 to fund a big new emphasis …


  • Lawmakers begin tough sessions

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worked some budget magic to trim the state’s shortfall for the coming year down to manageable size and avoid calling for any tax increases. …


  • Otter proposes budget magic, no tax hike

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worked some budget magic to trim the state’s looming shortfall for the coming year down to manageable size and avoid calling for any tax increases, in …


  • Budget crunch dominates talk among Idaho lawmakers

    BOISE – There’s a desperate edge to the talk in Boise as Idaho’s legislative session approaches. “It’s not going to be a fun place to be in the Capitol this …


  • Eye on Boise: Labrador hires ex-rival’s ‘most important person’

    BOISE – New GOP congressman Raul Labrador has hired outgoing Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick’s constituent services director, Lisa Anderson, to be his constituent services director. “Essentially she’ll be performing the …


  • Otter says frugality to become state norm

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pledged Friday to turn the emergency measures the state has taken to cope with a huge economic downturn into “standard operating practices” for his …


  • Otter says he’ll make cuts ‘standard practice’

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter pledged Friday to turn the emergency measures the state has taken to cope with a huge economic downturn into “standard operating practices” for his administration, as …


  • Cancer surgery will sideline Chadderdon

    BOISE – Idaho Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d’Alene, will miss the first three weeks of the legislative session for cancer surgery, and her daughter will fill in for her. “The …


  • North Idaho presence on JFAC drops by two

    BOISE – Now that embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has been removed from the House tax committee for the next two years, where did he land? House Speaker Lawerence Denney …