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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

One funding bright spot... 

One bright spot as far as funding in the Medicaid budget for next year: The federal matching rate for Idaho, known by the acronym FMAP, will rise from 70.23 percent to 71 percent on Oct. 1, 2012. That means the blended FMAP rate used for…

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A look at who's on food stamps in Idaho...

This morning, as the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee continues its week of health and human services budget hearings, the Department of Health & Welfare's Division of Welfare is first up. Administrator Russ Barron shared some stats about the 235,000 Idahoans now receiving food stamps, which are…

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012

Senate panel hears roadkill recovery rule 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho's road-killed wildlife could become fair game. The Senate Resources Committee on Monday got a glimpse of a proposed rule allowing legal recovery of big-game species run over by cars. Right now, animals…

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Anti-bullying bill introduced

Last year, legislation to beef up Idaho's anti-bullying laws, in party by clarifying that school officials are "authorized and expected to intervene" in cases of bullying, harassment or intimidation of a student, passed the Senate with just three "no" votes and cleared the House Education…

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Several hundred march from Boise State University to the state Capitol steps for a human rights rally on Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day in Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho marks MLK Day/Idaho Human Rights Day 

"We've made historic strides since Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of the bus," Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared today at the state's official celebration of Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day in the state Capitol rotunda. The holiday, he said, is…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

Lawmakers in session on holiday Monday

The Idaho Legislature doesn't take holidays when it's in session, so lawmakers will be at work on Monday despite the Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day holiday. Among the events scheduled: JFAC will hold a hearing the CAT fund and begin delving into budgets…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, and Jessie Bonner join host Greg Hahn on this week's "Idaho Reports" program to discuss the week's developments in the state Legislature. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was...

On tonight's "Idaho Reports," I join BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby, AP reporter Jessie Bonner and host Greg Hahn to discuss the events of this first week of the Legislature, from school funding to ethics; the hour-long program also features Hahn's interview with three…

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