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Public Defender Gets More Money But Commissioners Only Offer $100,000 To Help Busy Office Finish Year Of Costly Cases

Spokane County commissioners agreed Thursday to give the public defender less than half the money he says he needs to finish the year. Public Defender Don Westerman requested $265,000 and …


UI Competing With Agencies For State Money Health Care, Prisons Take Share Of Funding, Not Other Colleges, Says New President

The University of Idaho is competing for state funding with prisons, highways and health care, new UI President Robert Hoover says, not the other state college and universities. Hoover spoke …


County Ups Funding For Sewer Work

A goof in calculating the cost of a Spokane Valley sewer project has resulted in an increased subsidy to the involved homeowners. The Spokane County commissioners Tuesday voted to increase …


Housing Market Cause For New, Remodeled Schools

Rapid growth in north Spokane is spurring a spate of school construction. The five largest school districts in north Spokane County are planning to build or remodel buildings to keep …


Deadbeat U.S. Leaves U.N. Strapped For Cash

A failure by the United States to pay the United Nations a promised $80 million in back dues means that the world body will run out of money this month …


Murder Cases Pinch County Funds State Public Defender System Suggested By Rathdrum Senator

Idaho’s counties need help from the state to deal with the thousands of dollars needed to prosecute capital crimes, the Idaho Association of Counties says. The cost of criminal defense …


Money Scarce For Aquifer Program

A revised protection program for the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer is expected to cost about half what it does now. But even scaled back, the state agencies that now run the …


Prosecutor Makes Case For Additional Money

The Spokane County prosecutor on Tuesday pleaded with county commissioners for more money, warning he might have to let some felons go otherwise. “We are here begging you to help …


Wv Board Oks Downsizing As Funding Loss Forces Change

The West Valley School Board this week approved three resignations, two retirements and the decision not to rehire several teachers who were on one-year contracts. The move accomplishes the downsizing …


Forest Chief Crossing His Fingers Asks Senate For Bare-Bones Fire Funding, Hopes For Best

Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas acknowledged before a Senate panel Wednesday that his agency historically has asked Congress for dramatically less money than is needed to fight forest fires. …


Congress, Clinton Strike Spending Deal Resolving Environmental Issues Clears The Way

Congressional leaders and White House officials announced agreement Wednesday on a huge bill financing dozens of federal agencies for the rest of the fiscal year, solving a months-long standoff that …


Wv School District Losing 12 Teaching Positions State Funding For Several Programs Trimmed This Year

West Valley School District’s teaching staff will shrink next year by as many as 12 positions, officials said. Each school also will lose two aides, or the equivalent in reduced …


Public Periscope

A million here, a million there Much of the debate at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was over the $15,000 requested by Spokane COPS. But the council authorized nearly $6 …


Batt Won’t Commit To Tapping Reserve For Schools

Gov. Phil Batt on Wednesday reiterated his pledge to restore the $13.3 million in state aid withheld from public schools this year if sluggish tax receipts pick up, but he …


Report Details Waste Within United Nations

The snowmobiles were never used. The uniforms weren’t needed. Many of 1,400 generators never made it out of their crates. And that was just Bosnia. A U.N. report about internal …


Dole Says Senate May Back Off From Tax Cuts Idea Of Slashing Health Care While Granting Tax Breaks Losing Support

Dole speaks with reporters Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


Senate Passes Big Spending Cuts Environment, Homeless, Housing, Veterans Targeted

Over Democratic objections, the Senate passed a $62 billion spending bill Wednesday that would slash money for environmental protection, housing programs and veterans’ benefits. Democrats, who said in advance that …


Democrats Step Up Campaign Against Health-Care Cuts Republicans Want To Trim $450 Billion From Medicare, Medicaid Programs

Thwarted by Republicans at every turn, Democrats from the White House to the statehouse joined their congressional colleagues Wednesday in attempts to block GOP plans for $450 billion in health-care …


Rising Costs Killing School Renovation

Boise School Board members are turning away from plans for a sweeping renovation of historic Boise High School and looking at new Les Bois Junior High to answer their needs …


Senate Oks Cuts For Interior Programs

The Senate voted Wednesday to cut spending for federal land management programs, Indian tribes, energy conservation and scientific research on natural resources. The $12 billion spending bill for the Interior …


Senate Cuts Arts Spending But Cuts Are Slightly Less Severe Than House Proposal

The Senate slashed subsidies for arts and humanities programs by a third Wednesday - after defending such spending as essential to bringing art and culture to small communities. The cuts, …


Timber Retraining, Fish Money Survive Senate Panel Moratorium On Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Would Be Continued

The government would continue to spend millions of dollars retraining timber workers in the Pacific Northwest, but the Clinton administration would have to provide a better accounting of the program …


House Bill Cuts $184 Million From Hanford Cleanup Lawmakers Also Target Yucca Mountain, Long-Term Nuclear Waste Repository

The House on Wednesday moved to reign in spending to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and other Department of Energy sites and approved legislation cutting $742 million from DOE’s …


Hospitals Fear Medicare Changes

The nation’s largest hospital association warned Monday that Republicans were moving too fast in their attempt to fundamentally overhaul the Medicare program in the next 90 days. Officials with the …


Welfare Reform A Question Of Money

The thing you have to keep in mind with welfare reform, now stalled in the Senate, is that it has nothing to do with making the poor self-sufficient, elevating the …


State’s Deficit Won’t Be As Sizable As Predicted About $5 Million Of $33 Million Intended For Prison Expansion Will Be Used To Erase Red Ink

The state opened the new budget year on Monday coping with a much more modest deficit from the last fiscal year than analysts had feared. Final figures on the red …


Gorton Wants Funds For N-Dump In Nevada Senator Tries To Stop Proposals For Storing Waste At Hanford

Congress should give the Energy Department the money it needs to build temporary tanks at Yucca Mountain, Nev., to store spent nuclear fuel until a permanent facility planned there is …


Marital Money Couples Who Work As A Team Achieve The Most Success In Managing Their Finances

It’s been said that the first time one marries it should be for love, and the second time for money. Can finances and love not join to make marital harmony?


House Approves Reviving The B-2 Stealth Bomber

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to revive the B-2 Stealth bomber with a new order for 20 more of the planes despite objections from the Clinton administration and the …


Plan To Cut Doe Budget Gains Additional Support

A Republican plan to cut $742 million from the Department of Energy’s cleanup budget picked up additional support Tuesday, this time from a key House appropriations subcommittee. The House energy …