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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.5.16 

I see some of you have abandoned all hope for the 2016 Seattle Mariners season, after their 3-2 loss to host Texas on opening day. Before you jump off any ledges, I'd like to point out that the Mariners had tied a modern-day record by winning 9 opening days in a row. That, and $2.25 will buy you a 16-ounce cup of coffee.

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Parting Shot -- 4.5.16

First lady Michelle Obama and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.5.16

Scanner Traffic for Tuesday PM (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes a mother and two children left in a precarious position when their e/b vehicle stalls out in fast lane of Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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Otter vetoes Bible-in-schools bill 24 

Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed the Bible in schools bill, saying it violates the Idaho Constitution. “I have deep respect and appreciation for the Bible as religious doctrine as well as a piece of historic literature,” Otter wrote in his veto message. “However, allowing S1342 to become law is in direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution ..."

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Flier pushes Far Right ticket 14 

In the "Here We Go Again" Department, the KCRCCPAC (which isn't the local Republican Central Committee, as you are expected to believe) has circulated a flier pushing precinct committee members and a list of Tea Party candidates, including Bob Bingham for county commissioner and John Green for sheriff.

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Actress Patty Duke receives a pin from Pamela Beyer, a district governor for Lions Clubs International, during a ceremony Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho honoring the actress for her service and contributions to the volunteer service organization. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

Patty Duke's obituary

The obituary from Yates Funeral Home for Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce, 69, of Coeur d'Alene begins: "Longtime North Idaho resident Anna Marie Pearce, known professionally as Patty Duke, passed away March 29, 2016 after a brief illness, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of artistic accomplishment and public-health advocacy." Full obit below.

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Trump faces steep climb to clinch 

As it stands, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is about 60 percent of the way to the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination before the Republican National Convention is held this July in Cleveland, but he cannot reach 100 percent of what he needs until the last day of primary voting in June.

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In this January 1997 SR file photo, supporters of controversial Bonner County Commissioners Bud Mueller and Larry Allen take to the streets of Sandpoint to show support. Mueller and Allen stoked controversy immediately after taking office by scrapping the county building code.

Remembering Bud Mueller 

In a Facebook posts, former Bonner Daily Bee publisher David Keyes remembers curmudgeonly former county commissioner Bud Mueller, who died March 18. Mueller was the mastermind behind the "Save a Tree, Cancel the Bee" bumpersticker campaign of days gone by. And he once threatened to punch David at a candidates forum.

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Trump's wall: How to make Mexico pay 27 

Donald Trump would force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday. The memo outlines how Trump would try to compel Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile wall if he becomes president.

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Remington update 

Update: Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 (@KREMTaylor) tweets several updates re: the recovery of Pastor Tim Remington of The Altar church. Remington has been at Kootenai Health for almost a week dealing with a big blood clot in his lungs. See Taylor's 3 tweets below.

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Protesters call for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which they says will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

'Religious Freedom' bill signed 15 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law. The law, HB 1523, promises that the state government will not punish people who refuse to provide services to people because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage, extramarital sex or transgender people.

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Panama Papers upends Iceland PM 

The prime minister of Iceland resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to political pressure two days after an enormous leak of documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm about offshore shell companies and tax shelters.

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AM Headlines -- 4.5.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Man faces felony DUI charges/Press, Fatal deer disease nears Idaho/Daily News, Driver rescued from river side after long fall/SR, Trustees make decision on The Landings/Press, Eldon Samuel's mother: 'I couldn't believe it'/KHQ, Suspected shooter of Pastor Tim faces fed charge/KXLY ...

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Click on scorecard to enlarge. (Courtesy: Coeur d'Alene Press)

Scorecard: Tech Ed votes 

The usual suspects -- Reps. Sims, Scott & McMillan -- voted against at least 3 out of 4 bills involving Career Technical Education funding supported by Gov. Butch Otter. All bills passed the House overwhelmingly despite the trio's predictable resistance. Here's another scorecard published by the CdA Press showing how NI legislators voted.

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Poll: $15 minimum by 2023? Yes

In Monday's poll, a majority of Hucks Nation agrees with the minimum wage bill signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown that will increase the Golden State's minimum wage to $15 by 2023. Today's Poll: Do you agree with the sentence that will keep 16YO double killer Eldon Samuel in adult prison for at least 20 years?

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Otter signs $8M IEN settlement bill 

In the "Throwing Good Money After Bad" Department, Gov. Butch Otter has approved an $8 million plan to try to clean up after the Idaho Education Network contract debacle. Otter signed Senate Bill 1428 — which earmarked $8 million that could be used to settle with vendors on the mothballed high school broadband system.

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'Sheriff' Mack endorses John Green 16 

In his campaign Facebook page, Republican candidate John Green touts the endorsement by controversial Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Green is running again for Kootenai County sheriff against incumbent Ben Wolfinger in a GOP primary contest.

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Villanova shoots down Tarheels 

So how many of you picked Villanova to go all the way in your bracket. In one of the all-time great NCAA Tournament finals, Villanova and North Carolina traded three-point shots in the final 10 seconds to settle the evenly matched contest. Villanova struck last, as time expired, to win the tournament.

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Safeguarding schools but not kids 

Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune writes: "Idaho regularly inspects its public school and college buildings to ensure they're safe from fires and other hazards. ... Yet Idaho has no systematic system for assessing school building safety and security vulnerabilities." That needs to change, Trillhaase comments.

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Samuel sentenced in murders

Here's Becky Kramer's complete story on the sentencing of 16YO Eldon Gale Samuel III, of Coeur d'Alene, in the murders of his father and his younger brother. Samuel will spend at least 20 years in adult prison before he is eligible for release in the 2014 killings that took place in St. Vincent de Paul housing.

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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.