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Idaho, Montana to receive federal education funds

The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs, while U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Montana will …


Idaho nets $51 million to preserve teacher jobs

The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs.


Subsidies on heavy shipments criticized

BOISE – An Oregon congressman is calling for a federal investigation into plans for oversize shipments of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12 to Canada, saying he doesn’t want U.S. …


Eye on Boise: Constitutional amendment would allow tuition at UI

BOISE – A little-noticed item on this year’s general election ballot, SJR 101, would amend the Idaho Constitution to permit tuition to be charged at the University of Idaho. The …


Governor hopefuls release new TV ads

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s first campaign commercial for his re-election bid contains a misleading claim, while that of his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, includes an overstatement. But both …


Eye on Boise: Holiday travel expected to go up despite gas prices

BOISE – Idaho’s average gas price is now $2.99 per gallon, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents above the national average of $2.68, according to …


Gas tax debate rekindled in Idaho

There’s good reason Washington license plates are such a common sight at Idaho gas stations near the state line – gas is just plain cheaper in Idaho. Among the reasons: …


Wyoming not apologetic for thwarting wolf plans

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming remains committed to classifying gray wolves as predators that can be shot on sight across most of the state despite complaints that its position will stop …


AAA: Washington gas prices up 14 cents over year

The AAA auto club says drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend in Washington will find gasoline prices 14 cents a gallon higher than they were this time last …


Allred’s tax reform role attacked

BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred in 2006 played a major part in boosting a tax break for Idaho homeowners that’s reduced their annual payments, despite a Republican attack …


Idaho panel mulls study on heavy trucks

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation funding task force unanimously agreed Tuesday with a state study showing heavy trucks don’t pay their fair share to maintain roads, but members …


Idaho task force wary of hiking truck fees

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation funding task force unanimously agreed Tuesday to accept a new state study showing heavy trucks underpay in Idaho compared to their wear and tear on …


Transportation department joins appeal of load decision

BOISE – Idaho’s transportation chief said Monday that a court decision revoking permits for giant truck shipments on scenic U.S. Highway 12 from Moscow to Lewiston could “end up restricting …


Eye on Boise: U.S. Senate delegation loses ground in digital IQ

BOISE – There was a time when then-Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was dubbed the “cybersenator” because he was the first U.S. senator to send out podcasts. Now, it seems, our …


Idaho budget holes may get $80 million in patches

BOISE – The state’s modest economic recovery should help Idaho finish the fiscal year with $80 million more tax revenue than the 2010 Legislature predicted, if a new forecast holds …


Judge stops huge loads, requires safety review

An Idaho judge on Tuesday revoked special permits allowing a company to truck four oversize loads of oil refinery equipment through a federally protected river corridor, saying the state failed …


Judge to decide today fate of oversized loads

LEWISTON – A state judge will decide today if ConocoPhillips can ship four oversized loads of oil refinery equipment along a highway that traces a winding, federally protected river corridor …


CEO apologizes for Medicaid mess in Idaho

BOISE – Idaho expects to sort out its bungled Medicaid billing and get a backlog of claims processed within 60 days, state officials announced Monday, as the CEO of the …


CEO apologizes to Idaho for Medicaid mess

Idaho expects to sort out its bungled Medicaid billing changeover and get a backlog of providers paid within 60 days, state officials announced today, as the CEO of the firm …


Idaho adapts to wolf ruling, plans appeal

BOISE – Idaho’s top wildlife officials have agreed to appeal a federal judge’s decision placing wolves back on the endangered species list, but they’ve also agreed to work with the …


Allred: Otter ‘career politician’

BOISE – During Thursday’s debate with Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic rival Keith Allred painted himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office align him …


Allred, Otter engage in lively gubernatorial debate

During today’s debate with Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic rival Keith Allred painted himself as a citizen activist fighting a career politician whose three decades in office align him with special …


Idaho judge blocks huge truck shipments

An Idaho judge today temporarily blocked ConocoPhillips from hauling four giant loads of oil refinery equipment over U.S. Highway 12 from the Port of Lewiston to Montana.


Lawsuit stalls permits for oversize loads through river canyon

BOISE – Residents opposed to giant truck shipments of oil equipment through Idaho’s scenic Clearwater/Lochsa river canyon filed suit Monday, just a day before Idaho planned to issue permits for …


Idaho scenic byway targeted for huge trucks

A scenic Idaho river canyon dotted with campgrounds, hiking trails and historic sites is the target for hundreds of mammoth truck shipments of Korean-built equipment for the Alberta oil sands …


Residents fear cleanup will hinder Silver Valley economy

KELLOGG – Too far-reaching, too costly. Another knock for the Silver Valley. That was the consensus of public testimony Monday evening at a town hall meeting on the U.S. Environmental …


Simpson hasn’t given up Idaho wilderness hopes

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he hasn’t given up hope on his plan to create a new central Idaho wilderness.


$2.75 million will go to Idaho school solar projects

Idaho’s energy czar is getting ready to divvy up about $2.75 million in federal stimulus money for state schools.


Idaho closes tough budget year

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter closed the books on a tough budget year for the state Tuesday, saying the final numbers - an $8.26 million year-end shortfall, which was easily covered …


Judge hears wolf appeal

MISSOULA – A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether gray wolves in Montana and Idaho should be protected once more under the Endangered Species Act. Wildlife advocates sued the …