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  • FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

    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. …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012, 12:11 P.M.

    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.


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012, 6:53 A.M.

    Otter signs Idaho texting ban into law

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


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012, 5:58 P.M.

    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.


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012, 9 A.M.

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012, 5:45 P.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012, 9:55 A.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

    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 …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012, 12:44 P.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012, 11:32 A.M.

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

    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, …


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, 12:11 P.M.

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, 4:50 P.M.

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, 4:47 P.M.

    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 - …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012, 10:42 A.M.

    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.


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

    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. …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012, 3:50 P.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012, 10:27 A.M.

    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.


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