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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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Herb Caen Wild Card -- 4.4.16 22 

No person in the media has influenced me more than a man I met only once, in 1993, at a National Newspaper Columnists convention in Portland, Ore. -- Herb Caen, the late star columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. I grew up reading his column and studying his style from old newpapers that my Aunt Beatrice collected for me.

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Parting Shot -- 4.4.16 

Major League Baseball launched Sunday. But the remainder of the games were scheduled today. Here, Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton catches a fly ball to center field by Philadelphia Phillies' Cedric Hunter in the ninth inning of their opening day game in Cincinnati today. Alas, Seattle lost its first opening day in 10 years today.

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Samuel gets 20 years for twin killings 

A 16-year-old Coeur d’Alene boy was sentenced to 20 years in adult prison on Monday for killing his 13-year-old autistic brother in a bloody attack inside a St. Vincent de Paul housing unit two years ago. Eldon Gale Samuel III was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his father, an abusive alcoholic, which will be served concurrently.

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Pm Scanner Traffic -- 4.4.16

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (18 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 13 more items) includes possible evacuation of a school bus at I-90/9th Street overpass. Bus may have smoke coming from it.

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Blogos -- 4.4.16

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline blogosphere includes: The abortion swamp/Fort Boise, The bar gets lower/Simple Mind, Your weekly (pub) planner/On Tap, Here comes Boss Moyle/Better Idaho, State primary reflections/Randy Stapilus, Kickin' back and lovin' spring/Slight Detour, and Bottles of urine found behind wall/The Slice ...

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Malloy: IFF's silly 'freedom index' 

If you want to know how extreme Idaho Freedom Foundation has become, all you have to do is look at its annual "Freedom Index." 51 of 105 lawmakers in one of the most conservative legislatures in the country received grades of F. Chuck Malloy of Idaho Politics Weekly analyzes the "Freedom Index" in this week's column.

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Alaska Airlines planes wait for takeoff, Monday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines parent company announced Monday that it will pay $2.6 billion to buy the Richard Branson-inspired, California-based Virgin America. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Alaska Airlines buys competitor 

Alaska Air Group, parent company of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, agreed Sunday to purchase San Francisco-based carrier Virgin America for approximately $2.6 billion. If the deal survives regulatory scrutiny, it will make Alaska Airlines a much bigger player, adding Virgin America’s 60 Airbus A320 jets to Alaska’s mainline fleet of 147 Boeing 737s

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Otter, GOPoohbahs go after Wasden 13 

Do you wonder why Idaho Republican legislators waste so much of our taxpayer dollars pursuing unconstitutional laws that they pass? They want Republican AG Lawrence Wasden to be a yes man for their efforts. And he refuses to be. Now, Gov. Butch Otter has joined his legislative counterparts in trying to reign Wasden in.

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Enviros fight Montana mine approval 

Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and potentially harm a species of trout protected under federal law.

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Anti-refugee petitions falling short 

A measure to ban refugee centers in Twin Falls County may not have enough signatures to get on the ballot. Rick Martin, the head of the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center and the main organizer of the initiative effort, spent the weekend gathering signature sheets and stopped at the county clerk’s office early Monday morning to drop them off.

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Workers rally outside the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles after California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating highest statewide minimum wage at $15 an hour by 2022 in Los Angeles, Monday, April 4, 2016. California and New York acted Monday to gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour, the highest level in the nation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

California minimum wage to reach $15 59 

California and New York are about to get a raise. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a measure Monday that will hike the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023 — making the Golden State the second in the nation to raise its wage floor that high.

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Poll: IFF losing influence

In the weekend poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said Wayne Hoffman's uber-conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation is losing its influence. Only 12.75% considers IFF to be "very influential." Today's Poll: Today's Poll: California Gov. Brown has signed a minimum wage of $15/hour into law (by 2023). Is that too much?

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