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News >  Idaho
Jan. 21, 2006, midnight
Despite a principal's request, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department won't seek charges against an Athol Elementary School fourth-grader who brought a pellet gun onto the playground Tuesday. The 10-year-old boy told the principal that he had brought the weapon to school to scare children who were "being mean to him and teasing him," according to a Sheriff's Department report.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 19, 2006, midnight
Sometime between evening gown practice and swimsuit rehearsal, Tracey Renee Brown paused for a moment Wednesday to reflect on the whirlwind that is the Miss America Pageant. "It's surreal," said Brown, 19, the Post Falls woman who's representing Idaho this week in the venerable contest.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 19, 2006, midnight
Sixteen people at Coeur d'Alene High School posted positive reactions to a second campuswide tuberculosis test conducted last week, a Panhandle Health District official said Wednesday. That brings to more than 30 the number of students, faculty and staff who indicated possible TB exposure, perhaps through a student who spent more than two months in a local hospital after being diagnosed with an active case of the bacterial disease. But health officials said that number is far less than would be indicated in a widespread outbreak, and they're cautiously optimistic the worst of the scare is over.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 17, 2006, midnight
At 98, Clay Rook is old enough to remember when doctors made house calls – and when they needed a horse and buggy for the trip. So when Dr. Stan Shapiro shows up with a small black medical bag and a gentle smile, the Mica Flats resident takes it in stride.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 14, 2006, midnight
Eastern Washington and North Idaho health officials aren't sure what share they'll get of nearly $3 million in just-announced federal funds to prepare for a possible influenza pandemic. But they say more resources are needed to raise public awareness of a potential crisis. "I think people in general have an idea that there's a remote possibility of a pandemic," said Julie Graham, spokeswoman for the Spokane Regional Health District. "There's a general awareness, but not a high level of concern."

News >  Idaho
Jan. 14, 2006, midnight
When Dee Daly stepped up to Barry Feely's Medicine Man pharmacy counter in Hayden this week, neither knew quite how the transaction would conclude. Daly, 49, needed to renew the first of 22 prescription drugs she takes for a range of ailments, most sparked by a severe head injury a decade ago.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 10, 2006, midnight
Kim Banks isn't among the dozens of Coeur d'Alene day-care providers scrambling to get fingerprinted and certified by city officials this week. Banks, 38, who tends as many as a dozen children in her Pine Hills area home, long has abided by strict standards that became mandatory for all city day-care employees this month. She's certified in CPR and first aid, well-versed in continuing education courses and vigilant about criminal history checks for herself – and others in her household.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 7, 2006, midnight
Prompted by a jailhouse tip, police say a Kentucky man has confessed to the September killing of a 19-year-old Coeur d'Alene woman who moved from Idaho to Arizona last summer. James Dewayne Mullins, 32, of Paducah, faces a charge of second-degree murder after police say he admitted he killed Georgia Thompson. Thompson's body was found in a Tempe apartment complex parking lot Sept. 8. She had been shot in the head, officials said.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 6, 2006, midnight
A Coeur d'Alene High School student was released from a hospital this week, more than two months after a diagnosis of active tuberculosis forced the testing of 1,580 students, faculty and staff, Kootenai Medical Center officials said Thursday. A second mass test scheduled for next week likely will reveal any reactions from exposure to the unidentified student, who probably contracted the disease outside the country, Panhandle Health District officials said. Despite a few worried moments, teens, parents and health officials said they're taking the scare in stride.