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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Idaho restricts witness access to execution

The Idaho Department of Correction says it will not allow media witnesses to view the entire execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, and two separate groups are protesting the policy, the Associated Press reports. Rhoades is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday, making him the…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Redistricting challenge to be filed tomorrow

Here's a link to my full story at on how Kootenai County commissioners voted today to sue over Idaho's proposed new legislative district plan, saying they object to a proposed large new district that would take in a 5,000-person chunk of the county and…

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Rhoades attorneys plan 9th Circuit appeal today 

Attorneys for condemned killer Paul Ezra Rhoades have issued a statement saying they plan to file an appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today seeking a stay of execution; Rhoades' execution is scheduled for Friday. “We remain dedicated to challenging Idaho's lethal…

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

Rhoades execution is on...

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush has issued his 43-page decision in Paul Ezra Rhoades' last-minute bid for a stay of his execution - scheduled for Friday - while he challenges Idaho's lethal injection protocol, and the judge has denied a stay. That means Idaho's first…

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Federal judges in Idaho face swelling caseload

Idaho's two U.S. District Court judges are juggling three times the caseloads of federal judges in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Alaska, and each of those states has three federal judges, instead of two, the Idaho Business Review reports. In fact, the state's population has…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

Ceremony at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium on Friday honors veterans (courtesy)

BSU honors vets on the blue

Boise State University, with more 2,200 veterans among its students, was one of 150 colleges and universities across the nation today to participate in Remembrance Day National Roll Call, in which the names of the casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars over the past…

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Sen. Stegner named UI's new top lobbyist 

Idaho state Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, has been named the new special assistant to the president of the University of Idaho for state governmental relations - chief lobbyist - and will start his new job Dec. 1, UI President Duane Nellis announced today. "The pool…

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Idaho exports headed for record level

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Overseas demand for Idaho dairy products and silver helped drive export growth to 16.6 percent from July to September, keeping the state on pace for record out-of-country sales for 2011. Idaho's third-quarter export…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Redistricter Andersen dies at age 67

Former state Rep. Allen Andersen, D-Pocatello, has died of an apparent heart attack, the Idaho State Journal reports. Andersen co-chaired the first Idaho redistricting commission this year; he was 67 years old. Andersen was a retired high school math teacher and ISU professor, and served…

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Simplot to cut up to 800 Idaho jobs

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The J.R. Simplot Co. is planning to build a new potato processing plant in Caldwell. But it's coming at a cost for the company's employees elsewhere in Idaho. Company executives announced Wednesday plans…

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