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North-Idaho Conservatives
6:17 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Idaho Crowd Cheers Santorum's Pro-Life, Anti-Tax Promises

Rick Santorum speaks to a packed room of supporters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew an enthusiastic crowd at a campaign stop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Tuesday. Some of the loudest cheers came in response to his socially conservative positions.

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Idaho Energy Commission
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Otter Creates Commission to Study Nuclear Energy Issues

Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Photo by: justmaketheshift.idaho.gov Northwest News Network

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has created a nuclear energy commission to look at the future role of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Micron CEO Death
7:36 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Micron CEO Dies In Plane Crash

Micron CEO Steve Appleton
Photo Source: Micron

BOISE – Micron CEO Steve Appleton died in a plane crash at the Boise airport Friday morning. The 51-year old was at the helm of the Boise, Idaho based memory chip company for nearly 20 years. Scott Ki has the latest on the crash investigation.

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Mine suit
6:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Investors Sue Idaho Mining Company On Heels Of Accidents

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho is closed while workers make federally mandated repairs.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

The company that owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho is now the subject of a new round of investigations. Only these don't come from mine safety inspectors. They're from the company's own investors. One group is even suing for what it calls “fraudulent conduct.”

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Captured Idaho Soldier
6:34 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Taliban Experts Predict Many Setbacks Before Idaho Soldier Comes Home

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho was captured by Taliban forces in July of 2009. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army.
U.S. Army

Negotiations to release an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity will be a long and slow process. That’s according to Middle East experts following peace talks about Afghanistan. News reports over the weekend suggested negotiations over a ceasefire had broken down. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been held by the Taliban since July of 2009.
Videos released by his captors show the 25-year-old Army sergeant ragged and pleading to come home. And that's a feat negotiators are reportedly trying to accomplish through a prisoner swap.

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For many refugees, employment difficult to find
6:27 am
Mon January 30, 2012

A Young Refugee Searches for a Place in Idaho’s Reshaped Economy

Most days, Nowela Virginie and her two young daughters are here, in her small apartment just off a busy thoroughfare on the outskirts of Boise.

Virginie is 23, and she arrived in Boise three years ago. She was born in Rwanda, but spent 16 years of her life in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She remembers the shock of finding herself in a new city, a place that looked nothing like anywhere she’d ever been. "When I coming USA, nobody can explain to me how USA is to look like, nobody can explain to me," she says.

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Idaho Mine Safety
6:08 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Silver Valley Slams Feds For Mine Shut Down

Local attorney James McMillan, standing on right, speaks at a town hall meeting attended by nearly 100 people that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter held Monday in Wallace.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

WALLACE, Idaho - Residents of Idaho's Silver Valley are outraged over a federal order that will put 250 local miners out of work for a year. They expressed their frustration to Idaho Governor Butch Otter Monday at a town hall meeting in Wallace. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

The Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho is one of the deepest and most productive silver mines in the country. And in 2011, it had a string of accidents -– including two fatalities.

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Our Northwest Economy
11:18 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Idaho To Phase Out Paper Unemployment Checks

Jobless people in Idaho will start to see a major transition in its unemployment system. Idaho is phasing out paper unemployment checks and phasing in a system that puts benefits on debit cards. It becomes the second Northwest state to do so.

About one-third of Idaho's 44,000 unemployed people already have their weekly benefits put into some sort of electronic account. Now, Labor Department spokesman Bob Fick says Idaho's moving the other two-thirds that still receive paper checks to the state-issued debit cards.

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Our Northwest Economy
4:03 pm
Sun May 16, 2010

NW States Decide Whether To Compete In Race To The Top

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Idaho and Oregon are out. Washington is likely in. We're talking about the competition for the next round of federal Race to the Top education grants. Monday is the deadline for school districts in Washington to say whether they're on board.

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Our Northwest Economy
11:33 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Idaho Jobless Rate Drops For Second Consecutive Month

Idaho's unemployment rate made its largest one month fall in more than a quarter century. The three-tenths of one percent decline in April puts the jobless rate at 9.1 [nine-point-one] percent. That's the lowest in the Northwest…and it's Idaho's second monthly decrease in a row. Bob Fick from the state Labor Department says employers aren't hiring in large numbers. But he says temporary agencies are getting busier.He says employment growth this spring almost looks normal.

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