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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016

Parting Shot -- 9.28.16 19 

Ebonay Lee holds up her fist toward a line of Sheriff's deputies as she and other people protest today in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators protested the killing of a black man shot by an officer after authorities said the man pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance."

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.28.16 11 

Last night, I was treated to the pitch by phone scammers trying to pass themselves off as IRS agents -- you know, the clowns who say you're in hot water for doing something wrong on your tax returns. Except the scammers over did it a bit. They left a half dozen messages warning of dire things if I didn't call a certain number immediately.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.28.16

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday PM (14 items + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes injury accident involving motorcyclist & deer on Highway 97. Motorcyclist survived accident. Witness received permission to salvage deer ...

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Poll: Clinton won debate 

Over half of likely voters think Hillary Clinton beat Donald in their first presidential debate, according to a new poll. Fifty-two percent say Clinton emerged victorious at Hofstra University in the NBC News/Survey Monkey survey out Wednesday, while 21 percent say the same about Trump. The Hill reports.

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More: Medicaid gap hearing reports 

At Eye on Boise, Betsy Russell has been live-blogging the working group studying the Medicaid gap issue for the Idaho Legislature. She has posted numerous posts on her blog today. Below, you'll find links to almost every post + lead story that says Idaho AARP, sheriff's association and county association have endorsed Medicaid gap coverage.

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HBO Blogos -- 9.28.16

In the daily roundup of the HucksOnline blogosphere, Cindy tells how her "War Bonds" book is helping send kids to church camp. Also: Debate/Dogwalk Musings, Weathering one year/On Tap, Friday's Openings redux: Chess & dress/7 Blog, What's left of Little Snowy Top lookout/As the Lake Churns + more ...

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While I was out walking today ... 

I saw Walkabout picking up dog poop just north of the new dog park at McEuen Park. I checked whether there were doggy-poop-pickup bags at the dog park. There were. Walkabout told me that the dog poop along the paths at McEuen Park has increased. But the poop on the 4th Street entrance to Tubbs Hill has decreased.

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Huckleberries hears ... 

That Republican Paul Amador received a cool reception last night when he spoke to the local GOTP Central Committee meeting last night. Amador talked about his conservative values. But some heavy hitters on the local party's Hard Right weren't having it. They quizzed him on his party credentials and residency.

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This frame grab from video provided by C-SPAN2, shows the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, as the Senate acted decisively to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law despite flaws that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk. (C-SPAN2 via AP)

Congress overrides Obama's 911 veto 

Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, handing Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency. Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama’s decision to scuttle the legislation.

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We want to know how you use news 

The Spokesman-Review and spokesman.com want to know how you use the news, what you value in our community and what concerns you. You don’t have to be a Spokesman-Review subscriber, or even a reader, to take part. You can take the survey by following link below ...

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School funding switch tag: $131M

Lawmakers got their first look at potential costs to change the way Idaho schools receive state funding — and estimates reach $131 million. “This is a particularly complex and potentially expensive endeavor,” said state budget policy analyst Paul Headlee. Devin Bodkin/Idaho Education News reports.

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Study: Acne good for skin 

Bad skin is actually a blessing in disguise — just not until long after high school. People who’ve suffered acne end up staying younger-looking longer than their clear-skinned classmates, according to scientists at King’s College London. The New York Daily News reports. (DFO: I fought acne as a teen. How about you?)

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Bayview view 

Post Falls photographer Keith Boe snapped used his cellphone to snap this photo of boathouses clumped together at Bayview on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille.

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EOB coverage of Medicaid hearing

The Idaho Legislature’s joint committee on alternatives for Idaho’s gap population – the 78,000 low-income Idahoans who currently qualify neither for Medicaid nor for subsidized health insurance thru the state insurance exchange – is meeting today. Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise is live-blogging the meeting. You can find links to her posts below.

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Idaho voters head to a new food truck-inspired voting unit in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The four new trailers will be parked throughout the state's most populated county in the three weeks leading up to the November election and allow Idahoans to vote early without going to their designated precinct. (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Ada County brings polls to voters 

The Ada County Clerk's Office is bringing the polls to constituents for early voting. The first of four trailers that will be parked around the county was unveiled Tuesday outside the elections office. (Q: Is this an idea that Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon should consider?)

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36 members abandon 3% Idaho 

Thirty-six members of 3% of Idaho, many in leadership positions, announced their resignations Tuesday evening after they said $2,901 in donations earmarked for four Idaho men accused in the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada were improperly spent. Tom Sowell/Statesman reports.

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Missoula OKs stricter gun laws 

Missoula joins the list of cities around the nation enforcing stricter gun laws than are handed down from the federal level. This makes them the first city in Montana to do so, reports ABCFoxMontana. However, other Montana cities aren't likely to follow suit.

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AM: Local house construction hot

The AM Headlines roundup today begins with look at local, white-hot housing construction. Also: Public Records/Coeur d'Alene Press, Zoning issues stop actor Willis' air strip/KTVB, Mom of fatally injured tot will stay in jail/KREM, Clark Fork delta restoration continues/Outdoors + more ...

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Poll: Hillary won prez debate 

In Tuesday's Poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said Democrat Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate against Republican Donald Trump. Today's Poll: Do you support construction of a village of "tiny houses" to serve as a CdA crisis center for the homeless?

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Trib: Sending teachers into inferno 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune challenges an idea put forward by Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings to arm some teachers as a first line of defense against domestic terrorism in schools.

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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.