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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011


Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, center, addresses the AP Legislative Preview in Boise on Thursday; at right is Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot (Betsy Russell)

Idaho hit the lottery jackpot, too 

When an as-yet unnamed person bought a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in Post Falls, that winner not only hit a $190 million jackpot - he or she triggered a jackpot for the state, too, House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake noted. That's because lottery winnings…

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Big cig tax increase in the works 

House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, will sponsor legislation this year backed by an array of health groups to raise Idaho's cigarette tax by $1.25 a pack. If approved, the increase is expected to bring about a big drop in smoking, particularly among young people…

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Legislative leaders including House Speaker Lawerence Denney, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill and House Minority Leader John Rusche speak on Thursday. Hidden from view at left is Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai. (Betsy Russell)

Leaders: Tough session ahead

Legislative leaders, who are now addressing reporters at the AP Legislative Preview, say a tough legislative session lies ahead. "If you've got a price tag, we've told our legislators, please leave it in your drawer until a better time," new Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill…

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Gov. Butch Otter speaks at the AP Legislative Preview in Boise (Betsy Russell)

Otter plans same approach in 2nd term

In the second four-year term that he's now beginning, Gov. Butch Otter says he plans no changes in his approach to the job. "The changes that we've made now have to be institutionalized, they have to become the standard operating procedure," he said. "That's going…

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Otter: No comment on Chigbrow 

In his remarks to reporters today at the AP's legislative preview, Gov. Butch Otter answered "no comment" when asked if he's asked his current state Tax Commission chairman, Royce Chigbrow, to resign. Otter also said, in response to a reporter's question, that the state is…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011



Kevin Anderson of Melba won a $250,000 prize in the MegaMillions lottery drawing, by matching all five numbers but not the additional "mega-ball." Here, he laughs after receiving his check at the Idaho Lottery office in Boise. Two other winners hit the big prize - $190 million each - one in Post Falls, and one in Ephrata, Wash. At left is Sherie Moody-St. Clair, the Idaho Lottery's creative director. (Betsy Russell)

Idahoans hit lottery jackpot

One of two $190 million winning tickets in the Mega Millions Lottery was sold in Post Falls, Idaho lottery officials announced today, splitting the big $380 million jackpot with a winner in Ephrata, Wash. The two big winners have not yet stepped forward - they…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011



Police: Clear your windshield 

Not only is it illegal to fail to clear the frost from your windshield before driving, not doing so caused an accident this morning in which a woman in a crosswalk was hit. The Boise Police report that they were called to a collision at…

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011



Otter to be sworn in for 2nd term today

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will be sworn in for a second term today at noon. Though it'll be a private ceremony, in advance of the public inauguration ceremony on Friday, the public can watch, as it'll be streamed live on Idaho Public Television's "Legislature Live."…

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