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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

Panel passes tribal policing bill 

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 8-6 to send the tribal policing bill to the full House with a recommendation that it “do pass.” Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, voted with the majority in favor. “It was a safety issue,” she said. “Kootenai County has...

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Quote of the Day 

kamm: “How does the Legislature police itself while cutting the other budgets?” Christa Hazel: "They ask you to resign from committees when caught not paying taxes or when you didn’t pay the judgement owed for stealing timber from Idaho school children."

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Christina Crawford: "There are serious issues" 

Mike Kane, lobbyist for the Idaho Sheriffs Association, has proposed two amendments to the tribal policing bill. One would place everything under the purview of the local sheriff and prosecutor. The other would revoke POST certification of any tribal officer who cited a non-tribal member...

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Wild Card Wednesday 2.9.11 

So our youngest child got glasses this week. That makes 3 out of 4 kids who are blessed with their mother's myopia. I thought I was soooo smart to marry someone with 20/20 vision. Apparently, his Norwegian genetics were no match for my Scotch-Irish-German heritage...

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Mobster fugitive captured in rural Idaho 

AP – This 1994 photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Enrico Ponzo. MARSING, Idaho – To his neighbors, he was Jay Shaw, the guy with the vaguely New York accent. He was known for fixing computers, buying everything with cash, raising cows...

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The ten states running out of smart people 

There are several states in the U.S. that are losing the eduction race to most of the others. In the past decade, these states have declining math and reading scores, lower numbers of people with bachelor’s degrees, and comparatively fewer residents who hold white collar...

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Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this dining room for HGTV.com by updating mismatched flea market chairs with the same color spray paint and cushion fabric for a high-end look on a tight budget.  (Associated Press)

Bang for Your Buck coming to Spokane area 

Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this dining room for HGTV.com by updating mismatched flea market chairs with the same color spray paint and cushion fabric for a high-end look on a tight budget. Several Facebook friends posted this exciting news: HGTV Fans - Your...

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Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts testifies Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee, opposing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's tribal policing legislation. (Betsy Russell)

Sheriff Kirts: They can call it anything they want 

Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts testifies Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee, opposing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's tribal policing legislation. Benewah County Sheriff Robert Kirts just told the House Judiciary Committee, “The bottom line of this issue is Idaho citizens' rights. Are you willing to...

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Lessons from Lindsay? 16 

LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to charge Lindsay Lohan with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace reported stolen from a jewelry store last month – the most serious count the actress has faced in more than three years of trouble with...

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Patriot Act renewal shot down in House 35 

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House on Tuesday failed to pass a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act favored by GOP leaders, an unexpected political setback that shows the difficulty the party faces in keeping control of their new majority, with its legion of tea...

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Lily Neal  stands beside the figure she posed for when she was nine months pregnant. Associated Press photos (Associated Press photos / The Spokesman-Review)

When are you due? Oops! 

Lily Neal stands beside the figure she posed for when she was nine months pregnant. Associated Press photos DEAR MISS MANNERS: A client came in for tax season. We only see each other once a year. Anyway, in she came for her appointment; I came...

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Out for a winter walk: “The sidewalks are slippery,” said Lawrence Bradford, of Coeur d’Alene, as he walked along Fifth Street on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)

Winter Walk 

Out for a winter walk: “The sidewalks are slippery,” said Lawrence Bradford, of Coeur d’Alene, as he walked along Fifth Street on Tuesday. My favorite form of exercise is going on a brisk 3-4 mile walk through my neighborhood. But not in the slippery snow...

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Idaho DWF says drug testing not worth the cost 

Last year, the Idaho Legislature approved a resolution ordering the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to undertake a study of how to test welfare recipients for illegal drugs as a way to save money on social program spending. The report is out and lawmakers...

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Liquor sampling at Farmer's Markets 

OLYMPIA – Locally distilled liquor could be bought at farmers markets along with organic tomatoes and handmade candles under a plan being considered by the Legislature. And customers in state liquor stores would be able to taste test some pricey or exotic brands before buying...

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President Barack Obama gets a kiss from first lady Michelle Obama after he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

Obama Quits 20 

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has finally done what millions of fellow Americans are still struggling to achieve – he’s given up smoking. “Yes, he has,” his wife, Michelle, said Tuesday at the White House when asked whether he had conquered a nicotine habit that...

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Dakota Taylor, a kindergartener at Fernan Elementary, writes her name on her whiteboard during class Wednesday. She is one of a growing number of Coeur d'Alene children taking part in extended-day kindergarten. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Cutting kindergarten 26 

Dakota Taylor, a kindergartener at Fernan Elementary, writes her name on her whiteboard during class. COEUR d'ALENE - Proposed legislation that would remove public kindergarten as an option for the majority of Idaho 5-year-olds has area school officials shaking their heads. A bill introduced Tuesday...

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NIC, Walsh to offer online degrees 

North Idaho College students will be able to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in business from Walsh College in Michigan, the two schools announced Tuesday. The Idaho students will be able to transfer up to 82 credits toward a bachelor’s degree offered online by...

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Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood walk to a train in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, heading to Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

Obama's high-speed rail plan 32 

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood walk to a train in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, heading to Philadelphia. WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure...

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