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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 …

Editorial: Are virtual schools flunking?

State education officials and lawmakers must set reasonable graduation goals for alternative learning environments and hold them accountable

Idaho police pick up Santa Claus for driving the wrong way

A man legally named Santa Claus was arrested after police in Post Falls said they saw him driving on the wrong side of the street.

Idaho’s virtual charter schools have 20 percent graduation rate

BOISE – Idaho officials who’ve been troubled by news this year that the state’s high school graduation is much lower than had long been thought have identified where the problem’s …

Man gets life in prison for killing wife, stepdaughter in North Idaho

A judge in Coeur d’Alene imposed a sentence Monday of life in prison for a Mexican man who admitted killing his wife and stepdaughter a year and a half ago. …

Lemhi County sheriff names parents of missing child as suspects

A central Idaho sheriff announced Monday that the parents of a 2-year-old boy who went missing in July are suspects in the disappearance.

Detectives investigate body found near Cataldo, Idaho

Officials in Kootenai County are investigating a body found Saturday near Cataldo, Idaho.

Huckleberries: Ex-mayor with Ruby Ridge role has Malheur advice

Sensible readers should agree with former Bonners Ferry Mayor Darrell Kerby, who says “Let’s hope those in authority are more concerned about life than (saving) face.”

Editorial: Poor Idahoans deserve a lawyer

Judge dismisses case filed by defendants who claim their constitutional rights are being violated.

North Idaho gun holster manufacturer Tedder Industries buying Post Falls outlet mall

Tedder Industries, a North Idaho gun holster manufacturer, has purchased the outlet mall in Post Falls.

Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills

Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.

Idaho planning for new veterans home in Post Falls

BOISE - Idaho is moving ahead with plans for a fourth veterans’ home in North Idaho, but it likely will be seven to 10 years before it gets the funding …

Aging vans threaten Kootenai County food bank’s ability to feed the hungry

Community Action Partnership - Kootenai County’s food bank - needs new cargo vans to help collect food from grocery stores and restaurants for distribution to low-income county residents.

Fight continues to keep invasive mussels out of Northwest states

BOISE – Idaho, Washington and a few surrounding states are the last places where invasive quagga and zebra mussels haven’t taken hold, and a Montana legislator wants it to stay …

Idaho bill would make aircraft-parts tax break permanent; backers say it’s worked as promised

BOISE - Idaho lawmakers want to turn a temporary tax break for aircraft repair firms into a permanent business enticement. “It’s created a lot of jobs,” said House Majority Leader …

Idaho still has backlog in nursing home inspections

Idaho’s state agency responsible for inspecting and certifying health care facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers, still has a backlog, even after four new surveyor positions …