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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

RE: Those Who Speak To Cats 

Columnist Kathy Hedberg of the Lewiston Tribune defends people who speak to cats, like that guy with a machete who was loose in northwest Portland recently. Kathy maintains that the cat was trying to talk sense to the disturbed male. And that people who talk to cats aren't cuckoo for Coco Puffs as some may believe. Do you talk to pet(s)?

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Tribe Will Challenge Guv's Veto 10 

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe plans to challenge Gov. Butch Otter's veto of a bill that repeals "instant racing" legislation in Idaho. The tribe believes Otter failed to return his veto to the Idaho Senate during the time window provided by the Idaho Constitution and that the veto is void.

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Trib: Teachers Now Come First? 

In this morning's Lewiston Tribe, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase said the 2015 Idaho Legislature had no choice but to provide a pay raise to teachers to mitigate the toxic anti-teacher climate that is driving teachers from the state. Idaho still has a long ways to go to make up the teacher salary loss of the Great Recession, but it's a start ...

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CdA To Close Trail Gap 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has voted to install bike lanes on both sides of 8th Street near City Hall to close a gap in the Centennial Trail. The city has had complaints from trail users who have had trouble finding their way to the next part of the two-state trail. Question: How often do you use the Centennial Trail?

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Raising State Fuel Tax Not Easy 

In the Lewiston Tribune, political writer William L. Spence goes back in time to 1996 -- the last time that the Idaho Legislature raised the fuel tax. If anything, the struggle for the fuel tax hike then was more bitter than the one today. Reportedly, blood was actually spilled in the Senate majority caucus room. More below.

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Guv Gets Open Meeting Law Bill 

After bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate multiple times, legislation to raise fines for violations of the Idaho Open Meeting Law won final legislative approval tonight and went to Gov. Butch Otter. The latest version of the bill, HB 324, passed the…

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