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Eye On Boise archive for July 13, 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Alcohol poisoning kills UI student

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Moscow police say a University of Idaho senior died of respiratory arrest, apparently due to alcohol poisoning after a night of drinking to celebrate his 21st birthday. Emergency personnel responded to a report…

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Gov. Butch Otter discusses Idaho's budget situation at the fiscal year-end, at a press conference in his office on July 13. At center is Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and at right, Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell. (AP Photo / The Idaho Statesman, Shawn Raecke)

Idaho wraps up tough budget year

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho closed the books on a tough budget year today. Overall, revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was $86.5 million below the state's official forecast, at $2.26 billion - lower even…

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Allred response: Otter missing the point 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred has issued a response to Gov. Butch Otter's press conference today on the state budget, saying "Otter's still missing the point." Allred said he agreed that the Legislature was right to hold the line on spending in the 2010 fiscal…

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Gov. Butch Otter, joined by several lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Brad Little, announces year-end budget numbers for the state of Idaho. (Betsy Russell)

Guv: Budget decisions were prudent 

Gov. Butch Otter, joined by several lawmakers including the vice-chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, called a press conference in his office today to announce year-end budget numbers that he said showed he and the Legislature acted responsibly in their budgeting decisions this year. "The…

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North Idaho lawmakers on loyalty oath 

Three North Idaho lawmakers who joined Gov. Butch Otter for a press conference today on state revenues also expressed concerns about the GOP platform loyalty oath, as did the governor. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said, "I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of Idaho…

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