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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 2.10.15 

Gotta letter yesterday from a health provider who'd served my dental needs for the past three decades. He's selling his business to another provider and retiring. That's the second health professional who has retired in the past year after serving my family for decades. I'm...

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For Those Keeping Score At Home ... 

... Here's the 10 Senate Republicans who voted against the new specialty plate for Friends of the NRA: Sens. Bair, Den Hartog, Hill, Johnson, Lee, Martin, McKenzie, Mortimer, Siddoway and Thayn. Question: What NRA punishment awaits these 10?

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NBC News Suspends Brian Williams 

NBC News has suspended news anchor Brian Williams for six months for misrepresenting an incident that occurred while he was covering the war in Iraq in 2003. Question: Will Brian Williams still be radioactive in six months?

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Jon Stewart Quitting Daily Show 

Another late-night host is calling it quits: Jon Stewart told his audience Tuesday that he'll step down from Comedy Central's The Daily Show by the end of this year, when his contract expires. The network confirmed his planned exit with a statement from president Michele...

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Report: Idaho Neglects Preschoolers 13 

A new report out today from an array of Idaho child-advocacy groups finds that less than 54 percent of Idaho children are ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten; 57 percent of Idaho kids who are younger than school-age have all their available...

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Broadband Mess Jeopardizes $245M 

The latest worst-case scenario for the Idaho Education Network carries a startling price tag: about $245 million. That represents the federal funding that could be on the line, if the state doesn’t figure out how to keep its high school broadband system online by the...

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Blanchette: EWU Eagle Flies Coop 

Eastern Washington is trying to put a happy face on the departure of star QB Vernon Adams to Oregon. Writing for the SR, John Blanchette looks at the rule that allowed the Northwest powerhouse to steal Adams from EWU.

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Sediment Plume Enters Lake CdA 22 

Steve Funk snapped this photograph of a sediment plume entering Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay on Monday morning. Steve Funk, who lives near the bay, says the dirty water (from a sediment plume entering Lake Coeur d'Alene) raises concerns for him about possible ties…

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U.S. Confirms Hostage Death 

U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits. Mueller's family received an email and photograph over the…

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Smarter Than An Immigrant? 18 

A Twin Falls senator will introduce a bill on Wednesday that would require Idaho students to pass a test of basic United States history and civics knowledge — the same test immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass. Question: Do you think you could pass such a test?

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In Praise Of A Utah Billionaire 

Ten years ago, online columnist Chris Carlson received a death sentence when doctors told him that he'd contracted a rare cancer. He had 6 months to live. Max. Rather than give up, he and his wife searched for the best treatment. That led them to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah.

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NRA Pals Get Specialty Plate 45 

On an 18-15 vote, the Senate approved legislation for a specialty plate for Friends of NR fund-raising purposes. Some NRA supporters voted against the plate because they're against all specialty plates. There are now more than 50 specialty plates in Idaho.

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All For A Beef Jerky Stick 

There was quite a hubbub at Post Falls Super 1 when a man tried to make off with a beef jerky stick. He'd paid for the beer that accompanied said stick. But became quite combative when approached by asset protection officer re: the beef jerky stick. Is a beef jerky stick worth fighting for?

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Maniacs Mascot Triggers Battle 

A debate is raging again re: acceptability of the mascot Maniacs by the Orofino High sports teams. The central Idaho town, which is home to a state mental hospital, embraces the mascot. Others think it's offensive? On which side of the fence do you sit?

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AM Headlines -- 2.10.15

AM Headlines today features link to report on 2 people who were seriously injured in that crash at H95/Lancaster Road Tuesday afternoon + soggy forecast for Silver Valley + more road weight restrictions + deadline nears to sign up for Your Health Idaho insurance ...

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Bill Targets Littering, Curfew 

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, got four bills introduced yesterday to reduce various misdemeanor charges to infractions, the AP reports; Luker says the move is an effort to ease the burden on public defenders, and also to make penalties better match offenses. Most misdemeanor charges include...

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Huckleberries Online

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.