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News >  Idaho

Cda Attorney Killed In Head-On Collision

A Spokane man is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after his pickup crossed the center line and slammed into a car Wednesday, killing a Coeur d'Alene attorney. Only hours after the crash, Benewah County District Court issued an arrest warrant for Shane Ryder McDonald, 25. McDonald was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after the crash. McDonald's 1974 Ford pickup crashed head-on into a Honda Accord shortly after 6:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 95 seven miles south of Tensed, Idaho, according to the Idaho State Police. ISP said the crash instantly killed the Honda's driver, Paul William Browne, 35, Coeur d'Alene.

News >  Idaho

Polluters Immunity Bill Revived House Passes Batt/Business Compromise Giving Confidentiality In Exchange For Promise To Fix Problems

Legislation giving polluters immunity from prosecution and confidentiality if they admit their violations was revived Thursday in a closed-door conference. Gov. Phil Batt, business leaders and lobbyists worked out a new version of the bill with several amendments. It then zipped through the House on a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate.
News >  Idaho

House Oks Bunker Cleanup Money

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $2.26 million for cleanup of the contaminated Bunker Hill site. The appropriation bill passed 59-5. It now goes to the state Senate, which is expected to approve the funding. Wednesday's appropriation also included $300,000 for cleanup of the Coeur d'Alene River basin.
News >  Nation/World

Senate Republicans Kill Impact Fee Bill

Senate Republicans on Wednesday squashed North Idaho lawmakers' attempt to revive a bill to help cities pay for the stress of rapid growth. The 23-10 defeat came nine days after the House of Representatives passed the bill by a four-to-one margin. The bill would have allowed any city to charge so-called impact fees, provided local voters agreed.
News >  Idaho

Crow Failed To Report All Donations From Event

State records show Sen. Gordon Crow failed to report nearly $5,600 in campaign contributions until four months after he'd collected them at a Hayden Lake fund-raiser with Gov. Phil Batt. "I fouled up," Crow, R-Hayden, said in an interview Tuesday. "I'll take full responsibility for it."
News >  Nation/World

States Line Up Against National Lottery

At least four states say the National Indian Lottery proposed by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is unlawful in their states, and they're threatening to fight it. "The game in Minnesota is clearly illegal," said Fabian Hoffner, assistant attorney general for Minnesota.
News >  Idaho

Bill Would Grant Polluters Amnesty Measure Also Provides Exemption From Disclosure

In what critics called "an assault on the environment," the Idaho Senate on Monday approved a bill granting amnesty - and secrecy - to companies that report their own environmental violations. Sponsoring Sen. Denton Darrington said Senate Bill No. 1142 would allow companies to honestly assess their status without fear of recrimination. It's not intended to shield flagrant or repeat violators, he said, nor would it weaken current environmental regulations.
News >  Nation/World

Cda Storyteller Masterfully Keeps Indian Tales Alive

Rodney Frey is a caretaker of ancient stories. Arms waving, fingers pointing, eyebrows working wildly up and down, the self-described shy professor spent an hour and a half Sunday sharing Indian legends with 65 children and adults at the Hayden Public Library.
News >  Nation/World

A Change At The Grange Larger Farms Mean Smaller Membership

1. Rural retreat. Bessie Storms, 82, and Ted Miller, 86, are part of the handful of Plummer Grange members who voted to close the group. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. Mementos bear witness to more than six decades of community activities at the Plummer Grange.