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Former Sen. Mel Richardson dies at 86

Former state Sen. Mel Richardson, R-Idaho Falls, has died at the age of 86 after a battle with cancer, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports today. Richardson was a longtime radio and television personality in eastern Idaho, a former mayor of Ammon and an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1986. He served in the Idaho Senate from 1993 to 2008, and in the House from 1989 to 1992; Richardson, who served on JFAC, was a leading advocate of funding technology in Idaho schools.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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