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Idaho Senate approves extra-heavy trucks on freeways

The Idaho Senate on Friday approved legislation allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds to run on Idaho interstates, after Congress gave Idaho the go-ahead for that in December.


Idaho looks to catalog Palouse Basin water rights

Idaho is set to begin a lengthy adjudication process to identify and catalog existing water rights in the Palouse River Basin.


Idaho Democrats target economic expansion with focus on six areas

Idaho Democrats unveiled a multipoint plan Thursday to expand economic activities, invest in education and strengthen government accountability.


Idaho nuclear cleanup contract given to Texas-based Fluor Corp.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the next five-year nuclear cleanup contract for a site in the Idaho desert.


Idaho pays $450,000 to youth in detention sex abuse case

The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections has paid $450,000 to a youth who was sexually abused by a staffer at a Nampa juvenile correction center.


Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive

After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on …


Bill would change Idaho college board elections, boot some current trustees

The Idaho House passed legislation today to change how community college boards are elected, requiring geographic zones; the bill would boot out current elected trustees in 2017 if they’re not …


Coeur d’Alene residents can dispose of storm debris

Wood debris from this winter’s storms can be dumped in large bins to be placed in seven locations around Coeur d’Alene next Wednesday through Feb. 17. Sponsored by the city, …


Post Falls man arrested for ramming ex-girlfriend’s car

A Post Falls man was arrested for aggravated assault Wednesday evening after he allegedly used a Chevy Blazer to deliberately ram a car with his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend …


Idaho bill would allow ISP to use unmarked patrol vehicles

An Idaho Senate panel has taken the first step to allow Idaho State Police officers to use unmarked patrol vehicles for traffic law enforcement.


Driver arrested after running into Idaho trooper’s car

An Athol man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing into an Idaho State Police car and attempting to flee the scene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kyle M. Hodgson, …


Idaho wine grape quantity down, quality up, vintners say

Weather in 2015 made for a smaller wine grape harvest in Idaho, which officials say could affect production of some favored wine varieties.


Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths of Idahoans, doctor says

Idaho lawmakers are responsible for the deaths of close to 1,000 Idahoans in the past three years because they’ve refused to expand Medicaid, a doctor told a state Senate committee …


Obama signs second disaster declaration for Idaho

President Barack Obama has signed a second disaster declaration for Idaho and ordered federal aid.


Bill to move up Idaho party-affiliation deadline dies; voters will be able to switch at polls on March 8

It turns out that voters who want to change their party affiliation at the polls for Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary will be able to do so after all.


Editorial: Education investment will pay off

Idaho’s lawmakers might be frustrated with results so far, but the state’s employers are counting on them to close what in a decade will be a critical skills gap.


Idaho woman killed, husband hospitalized from burns

A Cataldo, Idaho, couple in their 70s suffered severe burns Sunday, leaving the woman dead and her husband hospitalized. Sandra K. Mack, 71, died near a fire pit in the …


Idaho parties trying to increase state’s impact in selecting president

Idaho may be small potatoes in the national presidential nominating process, but the Gem State’s trying to position itself to have maximum impact on the process in both parties.


Idaho House panel backs tax-cut bill

An Idaho House panel has cleared a $22.6 million tax cut proposal that would lower tax rates for the state’s top individual earners and businesses.


University of Idaho battling enrollment decline

The University of Idaho has made increasing enrollment by 50 percent a goal, but instead, enrollment fell by 1.4 percent in the current academic year.


Eye on Boise: Otter wants technical-ed boost to address labor shortage

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene woman searches for perfect ‘mocktail’

Eden Irgens, a Coeur d’Alene fan and communications specialist, has searched for the perfect mocktail in Lake City after eliminating alcohol from her diet and lifestyle. As part of that …


Rep. Scott fails to kill tax bill despite gay marriage issues

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott tried to get the tax conformity bill killed in the House today, but failed; she still maintains she’s on the constitutional high ground. The bill …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 8:05 p.m.

Jury convicts Coeur d’Alene teen of murdering brother, father

A jury on Friday began deliberating whether to find 16-year-old Eldon Gale Samuel III guilty of murdering his younger brother and father in Coeur d’Alene almost two years ago. Samuel …


Area roundup: Big Sky women’s race heats up

The Big Sky Conference women’s basketball race tightened noticeably on Thursday as front-running Eastern Washington lost and Idaho won to narrow the gap on the Eagles.


Shawn Vestal: Idaho results show that in many cases, virtual education doesn’t deliver

Virtual education doesn’t appear to be the success its supporters continue to say it is.


Ybarra calls for 7.5 percent increase in Idaho education spending

Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers she wants a new education culture in Idaho, “to provide high-quality education while moving way from a very rigid philosophy of over-testing, …


Idaho lawmakers won’t consider minimum wage increase

Legislation to raise Idaho’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage won’t even get an introductory hearing this year, a Senate committee chairman said Thursday, because he doesn’t believe it has enough …


Jury to decide what type of killer Eldon Samuel is

A jury is about to decide what kind of killer Eldon Gale Samuel III was the night he shot his father and then attacked his younger brother with guns, a …


IRS auctions home of former state Rep. Phil Hart

The home of tax-protesting former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart was auctioned off on the Kootenai County Courthouse steps for back taxes this morning, and sold for $182,000 to a …