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Eye On Boise archive for April 8, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, John Miller and host Greg Hahn discuss the final week of Idaho's 2011 legislative session on Friday's "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was...

On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, John Miller and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of the week. The show airs tonight at 8 p.m., then re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific;…

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Hagedorn detains intruder at gunpoint 12 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican lawmaker Marv Hagedorn says he detained an intoxicated intruder at gunpoint outside his Meridian home until police arrived on scene. Meridian police say they apprehended 21-year-old Nicholas Kuklish at Hagedorn's home. Police…

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House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, right, decries a "Legislature run amok" as he reflects Friday on this year's legislative session; at center is Minority Caucus Chair Brian Cronin, D-Boise; at left is Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise. (Betsy Russell)

House Dems: 'A Legislature run amok'

House Democrats called a press conference today to share their views of this year's legislative session, and Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, "In the exercise of absolute power the Republicans bullied, blustered and bungled their way through an extremist agenda that suggests to us…

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Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, center, accepts petitions Friday from Mike Lanza, center right, to launch a referendum drive to overturn SB 1184, the third school-reform bill; paperwork already has been approved to attempt a challenge to the two earlier school reform bills in the same manner. (Betsy Russell)

Referendum drive launched to overturn SB 1184 

No sooner had Gov. Butch Otter signed SB 1184, the third major school-reform bill, into law, than a new group of parents and teachers calling itself "Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform" had delivered the preliminary paperwork to the Idaho Secretary of State's office for a…

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Four online classes: 'That's the minimum' 

State schools Supt. Tom Luna now says it was a "misquote" when the New York Times quoted him this week saying that he'll ask the state Board of Education to require four online classes for graduation, though he then repeated that. "I was very comfortable…

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Gov. Butch Otter, flanked by state schools Supt. Tom Luna, left, and Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, right, hails this year's school reform bills before signing the third major one, SB 1184, into law on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

Otter signs third school-reform bill 

Gov. Butch Otter has signed SB 1184 into law, the third major school-reform bill, saying, "The system we had wasn't working, wasn't producing the kind of students that we needed." The bill shifts funds from teacher salaries to technology boosts and a merit-pay program, and…

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