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Texter hits patrol car

RIGBY, Idaho – Police say a 22-year-old eastern Idaho driver was looking at a text message on his phone when he hit a sheriff’s deputy’s parked patrol car. Brian J. …


Texting Idaho driver hits parked patrol car

Police say a 22-year-old eastern Idaho driver was looking at a text message on his phone when he hit a sheriff deputy’s parked patrol car.


Eye on Boise: Idaho ranks low in latest measure of gender pay gap

BOISE – Idaho ranks 43rd among the states for its gender pay gap, according to a new study from the American Association of University Women. It found that, based on …


Eye on Boise: Here’s the rub: You’ll need a license to massage

BOISE – Idaho will join 43 other states and start licensing massage therapists, after Sen. Jim Hammond‘s bill was signed into law last week by Gov. Butch Otter. Therapists will …


Otter signs Idaho texting ban into law

Idaho has officially banned texting while driving, after three years of trying.


Session’s hotly disputed issues won’t directly affect most Idahoans

BOISE – Idaho’s legislative session this year was long on drama, but many of the biggest and hottest debates won’t mean much for most of the state’s residents. Instead, it’s …


Eye on Boise: Session comes to a screaming end

BOISE – On the final night of this year’s legislative session, the Senate was disrupted by a woman’s shrill scream from the fourth-floor public gallery: “Give that back!” An Occupy …


Otter, Democrats differ over lawmakers’ successes

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter praised lawmakers Friday, giving the just-concluded legislative session top marks even as minority Democrats blasted it. “I think it was a great session; in …


Otter gives Idaho lawmakers an ‘A’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter praised lawmakers Friday, giving the just-concluded legislative session top marks even as minority Democrats blasted it.


Top earners’ taxes cut in Idaho

BOISE - The Idaho Legislature wrapped up a contentious 81-day session Thursday, passing a $35.7 million tax cut for top earners and pushing through last-minute changes in Senate ethics rules …


Bill allowing tax credits for private school donations stalls in Idaho

BOISE - On the final day of Idaho’s legislative session, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, reluctantly backed off of his proposal to grant a $10 million-a-year state tax credit for …


Nonini backs off $10M tax credit bill - for now

On the final day of Idaho’s legislative session, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, reluctantly backed off on his proposal to grant a $10 million-a-year state tax credit for donations to …


Idaho ultrasound bill killed

BOISE – Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill was killed for good Tuesday, when a House committee chairman said he won’t allow a hearing on the bill and anti-abortion activists said they’re …


Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill is dead

Idaho’s Senate-passed forced ultrasound bill was killed for good Tuesday, when a House committee chairman said he won’t hold a hearing on the bill and anti-abortion activists said they’re withdrawing …


Idaho House approves $200,000 fund to hire outside lawyers

BOISE – The Idaho House has backed a new $200,000 fund for the Legislature to hire its own outside lawyers, despite protests that lawmakers already have the attorney general and …


Idaho lawmakers clash with Occupy Boise again

Idaho lawmakers continued their session-long skirmish with Occupy Boise supporters on Monday, with emergency legislation clearing a House committee to allow new state rule-making regarding the site where the protest …


Idaho House backs $200K fund to hire its own lawyers

The Idaho House has backed a new $200,000 fund for the Legislature to hire its own outside lawyers, despite protests that lawmakers already have the Attorney General and that the …


Eye on Boise: New legal defense fund, at $200,000, a late addition

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature has created its own $200,000 legal defense fund, to be controlled by House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. The surprise appropriation, …


Lawmakers tighten rules on car plates

BOISE – If former Idaho congressman Bill Sali came back to the Legislature next year to pitch his proposal for a special “In God We Trust” license plate to benefit …


Idaho bill bans specialty plates to benefit new nonprofits

If former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali came back to the Legislature next year to pitch his proposal for a special “In God We Trust” license plate to benefit his new …


Idaho tanning ban killed by state senate

BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee Thursday killed House-passed legislation that would have banned kids under age 16 from using tanning beds and required those ages 16 and 17 to …


Tax hike/cut proposal falls short

BOISE – Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase but also for any fee hike or the reduction …


2/3 rule for tax hikes, breaks fails in Idaho House

Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase, but also for any fee hike or the removal or reduction …


Idaho dumps restrictions on minors’ tanning-bed use

An Idaho Senate committee killed House-passed legislation Thursday to ban kids under age 16 from using tanning beds because of the melanoma risk - Idaho’s rate is particularly high - …


Ethics claims against Idaho’s Sen. Pearce dismissed

BOISE – A bipartisan Idaho Senate Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to dismiss an ethics complaint against Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth. Pearce was accused of violating conflict …


Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill may be dead

BOISE – In a tumultuous day at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday, anti-abortion activists staged a live ultrasound demonstration in a Capitol hearing room, sign-waving protesters gathered outside, and a …


Idaho Senate panel dismisses ethics complaint

A bipartisan Idaho Senate Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to dismiss an ethics complaint against Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth.


Idaho House OKs texting ban

BOISE – After years of debate, the Idaho House has passed a ban on texting while driving, voting 53-17 in favor of legislation proposed by Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene. …


Idaho lawmaker chided for doubting claims of rape

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho lawmaker’s suggestion on the Senate floor that a doctor should ask a woman who says she was raped if the pregnancy could have …


Idaho House votes to ban texting while driving

After years of debate, the Idaho House has passed a ban on texting while driving, voting 53-17 in favor of legislation proposed by Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene.