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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

Strollers & Smoothies

Members of Strollers and Smoothies workout group, Robyn Novotny, right and Kim Polfer, left, exercise at Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene today. The group of moms brings their kids in strollers and meets at different locations throughout Coeur d'Alene every Monday and Friday.

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Poll: Trump holds onto big lead 72 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump held onto his lead in the GOP field, according to the first national poll conducted since the real estate mogul called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday found that Trump’s latest comments haven’t hurt his standing in the polls.

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Hoffman: Alternative plan best 

IFF's Wayne Hoffman prefers an alternative plan, proposed by H&W Director Dick Armstrong, to address the "Medicaid Gap." The alternative plan would provide health coverage to an estimated 78,000 Idahoans who presently don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare tax credits.

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Solons still pushing tax cuts 

Undeterred by the overwhelming need to address the Medicaid gap and underfunding for Idaho schools, the Idaho Legislature's Tax Working Group is inviting public testimony on four tax-cut proposals. The first order of business seems to be lowering Idaho's personal and corporate income tax for the richest Idahoans. Of course.

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Johnson: GOP owns Trump, vice versa 12 

In his Johnson Post today, Marc Johnson compares Donald Trump to political demagogues like Huey Long and Father Coughlin. Unlike those rabble rousers, Trump dominates a major political party, Johnson said. The opportunistic GOP of the 21st century owns Trump and increasingly Trump owns the GOP, Johnson says. Match made in heaven?

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101-year-old Betty Hollingsworth enjoyed her birthday celebration at The McGrane Center’s Henry Heyn Adult Day Center Coeur d’Alene on Friday, February, 27, 2015.

Best of Kathy Plonka 2015 

My SR Coeur d'Alene office buddy Kathy Plonka has compiled a photo set of her best photos for 2014. They include her photography from the tragic slaying of Sgt. Greg Moore in May and the Bayview fire last summer, among other things.

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Poll: Bergdahl deserted

In Thursday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation considers Sgt Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho to be a deserter and a traitor. 118 of 260 respondents (45.38%) said Bergdahl deserted his post and betrayed his country. Today's Poll: Do you think Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee for president next year?

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Photographer Keith Boe, of Post Falls, posted this photo of Christmas at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on the Facebook page.

AM Headlines -- 12.11.15

AM Headlines for Friday includes: Northwest storms ease drought fears/SR, Bonner County faces unusual flooding/KREM, CdA man faces vehicular manslaughter charge/Press, Dalton Gardens appoints Lundy to city council/Press, and Frat calls death of EWU student 'heartbreaking loss'/KHQ

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CSI: 30% of students still in high school 

The president of the College of Southern Idaho says about 30 percent of students at the college are still in high school. President Jeff Fox told the Idaho Board of Education on Thursday that more than 4,000 high school students from 32 Idaho counties are expected to take dual-credit classes this school year.

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Otter spends hour as 5th-grader 14 

For one hour Wednesday morning, Gov. Butch Otter was just another student in Sonia Galaviz’s fifth-grade classroom learning to code. Otter, Boise School District Superintendent Don Coberly and 20 elementary students completed the popular Hour of Code activities offered for free online through

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Jeers: Say no, take dough 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase gives JEERS to ... to U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Congressman Raul Labrador, all R-Idaho. The three voted against the five-year, $305 billion federal transportation package -- a package that is vital to Idaho's infrastruction. The bill passed overwhelmingly.

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Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump flashes thumbs up after being endorsed at a regional police union meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Police union endorses Trump 71 

Speaking to a powerful police union in New Hampshire Thursday, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump vowed that if elected, one of his first actions in office would be signing a particular executive order. “Anybody killing a policeman, a policewoman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer: Death penalty is going to happen, okay?"

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ISP seeks hit-and-run Athol driver 

The Idaho State Police is seeking the driver in a hit-and-run crash on Highway 54, near the Past Time Club in Athol. The victim is a young mother whose insurance will not cover the damage. The vehicle being sought is a late model crew cab Ford pickup that is two tone with dark blue on top and light blue on the bottom.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2015

A demonstrator who did not want to be identified by name holds a sign disapproving of Confederate heritage supporters who were bearing Confederate flags in front of City Hall in New Orleans today. City Hall became the scene of competing opinions over the removal of prominent Confederate monuments along some of New Orleans' busiest thoroughfares. The City Council set aside time to let the public voice feelings over a proposal to remove four monuments linked to Confederate history. Woman at left is Arlene Barnum, of Oklahoma, with a group calling themselves Confederate Veterans Lives Matter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Parting Shot -- 12.10.15 

A demonstrator who did not want to be identified by name holds a sign disapproving of Confederate heritage supporters who were bearing Confederate flags in front of City Hall in New Orleans today. City Hall became the scene of competing opinions over the removal of prominent Confederate monuments along some of New Orleans' busiest thoroughfares.

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Trump's lead grows to 19 points 

Donald Trump has recaptured the lead in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll of GOP voters nationwide, which finds Ben Carson falling to third place. Carson had led the survey in October but now falls to 13 percent support, according to results released Thursday. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is now Trump’s closest competition among GOP primary voters

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New snow prompts ski area openings 

The five Inland Northwest downhill ski areas could all be open this weekend for the first time this season. Most will be open on Friday, thanks to new snow and forecasts of more on the way. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees Mountain Resort announced on Thursday that it has enough snow for a Friday opening.

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Gov. Otter & the working poor 

Columnist Duff McKee says: "The Governor’s proposed plan to avoid recognizing the Affordable Care Act remedy for Idaho’s working poor ... is just plain dumb. ... Further, as stories of needless deaths and suffering from lack of affordable health care continue to mount, the Governor’s continued obstinacy to expanding Medicaid is just plain cruel."

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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.

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