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Idaho legislators say new library bill to establish material review committees is a ‘combination’ of previous bills

Library legislation in Idaho has come a long way following a gubernatorial veto last year and backlash from librarians last month. Following weeks of collaborative efforts, legislators on Wednesday introduced a bill that seeks to formalize procedures for libraries when patrons express concerns about specific materials being potentially harmful to minors.

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End near for homeless camp near Walmart

Feb. 7—The homeless issue in Clarkston reached a boiling point Tuesday after Mayor Monika Lawrence declared a "civil emergency," and the council passed an ordinance that makes camping near Walmart on private property illegal. Although no public comments were allowed at the special meeting, many in the overflow crowd at Clarkston City Hall demanded answers after learning the homeless camp in ...
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Law firm criticizes contractor, says ‘justice will be served’ in Boise building collapse

A law firm representing the families of two of the three men who died when a building under construction near Boise’s Jackson Jet Center collapsed last week is demanding answers from authorities and promised to ensure that the grieving families see “justice.” Serna & Associates, a personal injury and product liability law firm, has been retained to represent the families and estates of Mario ...
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Bill defining ‘gender’ as ‘sex’ in law advances. Transgender Idahoans say it erases them

This is a breaking news story. Check back to for updates. To sign up for breaking news alerts, click here. Idaho House lawmakers passed a bill defining “gender” as synonymous with “sex” Wednesday, furthering what transgender, nonbinary and intersex Idahoans have said is an effort to erase them. House Bill 421, sponsored by Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, defines gender as a ...
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Most UI employees approve of Phoenix buy, survey says

Feb. 7—According to a survey of 723 University of Idaho employees, slightly more than half of respondents supported the school's affiliation with the University of Phoenix. The UI Faculty Senate released the results of last fall's survey that sought to understand what faculty and staff thought about the university's bid to purchase the online school. Out of the employees who responded, 367 ...
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One of the men killed in Boise hangar collapse was a founder of the project’s contractor

Craig Durrant, one of the founders of Big D Builders, was one of the three men killed in Wednesday’s building collapse near the Boise Airport. Big D Builders, which is based out of Meridian, was constructing a new airplane hangar for Jackson Jet Center when the engineered metal building collapsed. Nine others were injured in the collapse, and five of those were in critical condition Wednesday ...
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‘Terrorism is upon us,’ Idaho lawmaker says as House OKs bill for concealed guns in school

A bill to allow any public school employee with an “enhanced” concealed weapons permit to carry a gun in hallways, classes and lunchrooms across the state passed the Idaho House on Wednesday. House Bill 415 would require teachers or other employees who want to carry guns to notify their principal, but it does not require them to notify their local school board or students and parents. The ...