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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.5.11 11 

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said this morning that there's a possibility that the 2011 Legislature can adjourn Thursday. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he's right. Idaho needs to send home the clowns. Then fumigate the Statehouse. Now for your Wild Card ...

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Parting Shot -- 4.5.11

Kayak instructor Vaughn Corum bobs along with some of the 17,000 plastic ducks that were released during the seventh annual KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, on Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C. The event is an annual fundraiser…

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Bristol Palin Cashes In On Pregnancy 18 

Most unwed teen mothers who become pregnant their senior year of high school can expect years of financial hardship as they find their way in the world while raising a kid. Not Bristol Palin. The now 20-year-old daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.5.11

5:49 p.m. Budget Saver in 1500 block of Sherman/CdA has kicked man out of room. 5:42 p.m. Someone is bleeding from the head after a fall in 2800 block of Wickiup/Post Falls. 5:07 p.m. Caller from 14000 block of Harmon/Post Falls (b/n Howell & McGuire)…

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PM Headlines -- 4.5.11 

"I'm just ready to be in the dirt," said Karen Roetter, left of Hayden as she talked with Georgiann Davis of Vanhoff's Garden Center in Coeur d'Alene today. Spring fever is starting to spread through the Inland Northwest. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Olympia to pay…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.5.11 

Aaron Rider, 4, of Ossian, Ind., takes a break from touring his personal John Deere around the Winter Tractor and Engine Show at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Samuel Hoffman) Top Cutlines: 1. Aaron,…

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Tim Lewis: Sims/Rizzs Don't Cut It 

On his Twitter page, Tim Lewis of KREM states: "Dave Sims and Rick Rizzs don't do it for me." He then provides a YouTube video of a rapper singing the praises of the late Dave Niehaus (pictured). I haven't listened to too many Mariners broadcasts…

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Abortion Bill Allows No Rape Exception 16 

The bill makes no exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother; only when the pregnancy threatens the mother's life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed. An Idaho Attorney General's opinion said the bill…

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Duncan Gets 2 More Life Sentences 

Joseph Edward Duncan III stands in court today in Indio, Calif. Duncan convicted of killing a couple and two children in Idaho was sentenced to life in prison for torturing and killing a 10-year-old boy in California in 1997. Duncan was sentenced to two life…

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House OKs 'Grandson Of Nullification'

HB 298, nicknamed the “grandson of nullification” as the latest version of legislation aimed at barring the national health care reform law from being implemented in Idaho, has passed the Senate on a 24-11 vote and headed to the governor's desk. This version targets the…

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Billings Greets 1st Megaload 

Donuts and coffee greet ConocoPhillips employees, public officials and members of Big Sky Economic Development as they gather to welcome the refinery's new coke drums to town today in Billings, Mont. Crews from Emmert International spent more than two months transporting the first two loads…

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End Notes: Mom Deserves Good Eulogy 

In their syndicated column, End Notes, Catherine Johnston and my former SR editorial page buddy Rebecca Nappi (pictured) are asked: "I promised my mom that I would deliver the eulogy at her funeral. I have no idea how to keep this promise. Where do I…

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McDonalds To Hire 50,000 April 19 19 

McDonald's said Monday that it is planning a one-day hiring spree of 50,000 new workers on April 19 for its U.S. restaurants. McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500) said that these new "Mcjobs" will include crew and management positions, part-time and full-time. McDonald's, which has 14,000 restaurants…

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We All Live With Low-Level Radiation 

Don’t worry too much about the hint of radiation reaching U.S. shores from the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan, experts say. So far, it’s much less than we’d get from a chest X-ray. But consider this: Every day, all day long, we’re bathed in low…

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INW: Cobain Died 17 Years Ago 

Kurt Cobain and NIrvana brought Grunge to the Spokane Colisuem on Jan. 6, 1994 and 3 months and two days later Cobain was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home. In other words, this is the 17th anniversary of Cobain's suicide.…

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Statesman: Barbieri Made An Impact 

Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, knew what is expected of freshmen when they arrive at the Statehouse. “I was supposed to sit down, be quiet, listen,” said Barbieri, a retired lawyer in his first term. But he also knew what the voters of his North Idaho district…

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Shooting Suspect In Hot Water Again 

A 27-year-old North Idaho man, who was involved in a downtown Coeur d'Alene shooting incident in December 2009, has now been arrested for suspected drug activities. Adam M. Johnson, who allegedly shot and seriously wounded two Moses Lake men, was being held Monday at Kootenai…

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Poll: Women Still Face Gender Bias

Monday Poll: 65.5% of the respondents said women still face gender bias in America's workplaces, with 59 of 171 (34.5%) voting the bias today isn't "nearly as strong as days gone by." Another 31 (18.3%) said the bias "is rapidly disappearing," while 22 (12.87%) said…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.5.11

11:57 a.m. ISP report on 3 local drivers being hurt in 3-car crash @ H95 & Dakota here. 11:26 a.m. Woman in white Toyota Celica w/pink flames reports a Ford van w/Washington plates and unsecured children in it ran her off I-90 before turning n/b…

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Federal Reserve Fights 2008 Repeat 

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is seen through a glass as he addresses a financial markets conference meeting Monday, April 4, 2011, in Stone Mountain, Ga. Regulators are working closely to strengthen oversight of inner workings of the nation's financial system, part of a broader…

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'Instant Human: Just Add Coffee' 

Journalist Steven Smith said he is a caffeine addict. “As with all addiction, it defies real explanation. You know the taste isn’t great but I love the taste,” said Smith, temporary faculty lecturer of the School of Journalism and Mass Media. “It’s not always the…

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Library Internet Filtering Bill OK'd

The House has voted unanimously to approve HB 205a, the library Internet filtering bill, as amended in the Senate; it now goes to the governor's desk. “Some amendments were put on it that made it more acceptable to the library association, who had been in…

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Beware: 'Chicken Little' Pols @ Work 

Virgil Moore has the professional chops for his new job as Idaho Department of Fish and Game director. Moore, 59, has worked for the agency for 34 years. He has put his academic background to work in fisheries science, among other agency jobs. He knows…

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Edit: Cigarette Tax Deserves Hearing 

In a year dominated by the budget, it’s hard to see why the Legislature would deny Democrats the chance to at least tout their reasons to support an increase in the cigarette tax. Several minority party members in the Statehouse want to increase the cigarette…

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AM: Idaho Unions Rally For Solidarity

Union workers, Gary Weingart, of Local 290 Steamfitters, Robert Weingart, of Local 808 Carpenters and Chris Heyrend, of Local 808 Carpenters, from left, listen to speakers at a rally in Optimist Park in Pocatello on Monday evening. Union workers rallied in Coeur d'Alene, too. See…

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.