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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Otter condemns violent white supremacy, calls on Labrador to do the same – and Labrador does

Asked about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday recalled Idaho’s own experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Idaho approves 7 percent boost in school funding from endowment

Idaho’s public schools will see a 7 percent boost in their payout from the state endowment next year, under a plan approved unanimously by the state Land Board on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Supreme Court interviews delayed as Idaho governor recovers

Gov. Butch Otter’s office says they are a little behind on conducting interviews for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court due to the Republican governor’s recent back surgeries.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Idaho governor still recovering from surgeries at home

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is continuing to recover at home following two surgeries and a subsequent infection.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Otter released from hospital after nearly 2 weeks

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was released from the hospital Thursday after being admitted on July 14 for his second back surgery in a week, and then remaining hospitalized for treatment …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

The Idaho Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday afternoon, upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

Idaho governor undergoes 2 back surgeries in a week

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s staff says the Idaho Republican politician has undergone surgery twice in the past week to address a bulging disk in his back.


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Idaho tax revenues exceed annual forecast by nearly $94 million

Idaho’s state tax revenues for the month of June came in nearly $30 million higher than projected – 8.8 percent above forecasts and 9.9 percent higher than the previous June …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:42 a.m.

Idaho’s small but growing artisan liquor distillers celebrate their craft

You might have thought it was just July, but officially, in Idaho, it’s also Idaho Spirits Month. That’s spirits as in vodka, rum, gin and brandy.


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Idaho to handle voter info request using public record law

Idaho officials will treat a request for voter records from President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud as a public records request, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joins call to end DACA program for ‘Dreamers’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is the only governor who’s joined 10 state attorneys general – including Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden – in signing a letter urging the Trump Administration …


Balukoff considers running again for Idaho governor

Boise businessman and school board member Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Balukoff said Thursday he’s considering running as a Democrat for governor in 2018.


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Um, who’s the acting governor of Idaho?

There was a bit of confusion as to who was acting governor of Idaho on Tuesday, as the governor’s office initially reported that the first three in the line of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

In packed courtroom, Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court to hear veto challenge arguments

Proponents of a lawsuit challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of a contentious grocery tax repeal bill will present arguments in front of the Idaho Supreme Court on Thursday.


Huckleberries: Conservative Weird Idaho takes show on road to Liberal Weird Portland

An extended family of 13 Idahoans made their presence known on a Max train in Portland last week, including an older woman who told her grandson in a loud voice …


Idaho governor to lead Paris trade mission

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will lead 11 aviation and aerospace companies on a trade mission to Paris.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s largest state agency to get a new director

Idaho’s largest state agency will get a new director in July – Gov. Butch Otter has named Russ Barron, currently deputy director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill

A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

New Ag, Interior secretaries call for retaining public lands, upping resource extraction

The nation’s new secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior brought a message to Boise on Friday: Public lands must be retained, but they also must produce more through resource extraction.


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Otter appoints Ked Wills to lead Idaho State Police

Idaho State Police Lt. Col. Kedrick “Ked” Wills has been named the next director of the Idaho State Police, to succeed Col. Ralph Powell when he retires July 2 after …


Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.


Idaho wants to identify veterans monuments, memorials

Idaho is trying to identify all the monuments and memorials to the military and veterans in the state.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court limits issues in grocery tax case

The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday limited the issues that the state can address in its upcoming arguments over Gov. Butch Otter’s disputed veto of legislation to repeal the state’s …


N. Idaho counties get federal disaster declaration for flood damage

Eight northern and north-central Idaho counties have been approved for federal disaster declarations, allowing federal funds to help with flood recovery efforts.


Otter appoints new members to Oil and Gas Commission

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Payette County Commissioner Marc Shigeta and Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz to the Idaho Oil and Gar Conservation Committee.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Idaho’s first medical school slated to open in 2018

The first medical school in Idaho has been slated to open in August 2018, pending its accreditation.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban

BOISE – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Court: Otter can intervene in arguments over grocery tax repeal veto

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s petition to intervene in the lawsuit challenging his veto of the grocery tax repeal bill was granted Friday by the Idaho Supreme Court.