Idaho

The 60,000 acre Clearwater Complex fire has claimed more than 40 homes and 80 other structures in the area of Kamiah, Idaho. It was sparked early last week and fanned during a period of high winds on Friday. Similar conditions brought rapid fire spread across the Northwest into Saturday, leading to tight competition for manpower and equipment throughout the region.

Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech.

But what about the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

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A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.

A law that would protect gays from discrimination in Idaho could finally have Republican support in the legislature next year, after a decade. A Republican working on the bill says it would be a balance between gay rights and religious freedom.

More than 30 cities and counties in Idaho have changed local laws on firearms or eliminated signage prohibiting guns in public places over the last year. It’s all the result of a systematic effort by one gun-rights group.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter issued a disaster declaration Monday for two north Idaho counties dealing with a fast-growing wildfire.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry in every state.

ACLU Sues Idaho Over Public Defense System

Jun 17, 2015
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The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho’s public defense system is defective and unconstitutional.  The ACLU is now suing the state over the issue.

The civil rights group contends that Idaho officials have known for at least five years that high caseloads, low budgets and a system that changes from county to county means that low-income defendants aren't being fairly represented in court.

The ACLU says the system consistently denies defendants’ rights guaranteed in the US Constitution’s 6th amendment. 

Idaho ranks consistently among the top states with the highest rates of youth suicide in the nation.

Idaho's Snake River sockeye were nearly wiped out in the 1990s. But now these salmon are on their way back. Officials released a new recovery plan Monday.

At one point, the sockeye run returning to spawn in Idaho's Redfish Lake was down to just one fish. They called him Lonesome Larry.

The species was listed as endangered, and a captive breeding program was designed to rebuild the population.

Tom Flagg is a manager with NOAA Fisheries. He says that program has paid off. Last year, more than 1,500 sockeye returned.

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