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Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

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A community college in Idaho today received a major grant to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry. The $6.4 million dollar grant is the largest in the school’s history. It’s part of a job training program set up in the 2009 stimulus package.

Lita Burns is the vice president of instruction at North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, the school that got the grant. She says hospitals have told them it’s hard to get people trained as technicians and assistants to relocate from another state. This includes EMTs and dental assistants.

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Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases. Federal law requires universities to investigate reports of sexual violence and harassment, and to take steps to prevent future incidents. The U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities they say may have broken the law.

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses. A House committee is scheduled to consider the bill Friday morning. But schools say it could cost hundreds of thousands – even millions – of dollars a year.

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More than 200 people protested in the rain outside Idaho’s statehouse Thursday. They want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses. 

School boards across Idaho have rejected a contentious plan to set up gun training for staff and teachers.

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A proposal to arm teachers in north Idaho is stirring up a heated response. A group of parents has launched a recall campaign against the school board member behind the plan.

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying. The effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques.

The University of Idaho is prepared to expel low-performing students and require permits for frat parties as part of an effort to curb underage drinking.

The announcement from the university in Moscow comes on the heals of a similar set of measures proposed just across the border at Washington State University in Pullman.

Don Burnett is the interim president of the University of Idaho. He says alcohol abuse has become “a cancer” on higher education across the country. He's proposed a minimum GPA for new students in their first semester.