Idaho Public Salaries
7:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Idaho's Top-Paid State Employees Remain Coaches, University Officials

Boise State University's administration building.
Credit Boise State University

An annual accounting of Idaho government payroll shows the state last year paid $1.47 billion in salaries, taxes, healthcare and insurance costs.

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Idaho State of State
5:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Idaho Governor Calls For Reversal Of Recession-Era Cuts To Schools

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters after his state of the state address on Monday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:08 pm

The governor of Idaho said now that the state's economy is looking up, it's time to reverse the some of the belt-tightening measures made during the recession.

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Idaho Economic Projections
6:52 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Why Lawmakers Will See A Rosy Image Of Idaho’s Economic Outlook

The Idaho State Capitol.
Credit Kevin Rank / Flickr

Idaho’s annual legislative session starts next week, but some lawmakers are already at work. Each year, just before the session, a group of lawmakers meets to try and get an idea of what Idaho’s economy will be like in the coming year. They use what they hear to inform their budgeting decisions.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Idaho Marijuana Advocacy Group Rises From The Ashes Of Failed Legalization Attempts

Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group want to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana.
Credit AP Images

Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group launched in Idaho two weeks ago say they have already attracted more than 200 volunteers. New Approach Idaho wants to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. The group was formed, in part, by members of similar groups who have failed in their legalization efforts. New Approach Idaho co-founder Bill Esbensen says others have struggled with organization.

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Undocumented Immigrants
5:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Report: Idaho and Oregon Have Most Unauthorized Immigrants Who Stand To Benefit From Obama Action

Clara and Jorge Romero-Morales from Aloha, Oregon, pictured here with their sons, will likely be relieved from deportation because two of their sons are U.S. citizens.
Credit AP Images

Idaho and Oregon have the highest share of unauthorized immigrants who will benefit from President Obama’s recent executive action. That’s according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

46 percent of Idaho’s and 43 percent of Oregon’s undocumented immigrants are newly eligible for deportation protection. The program Obama announced last month extends protection to people who have been in the country for more than five years and have children born in the U.S. D’Vera Cohn from the Pew Research Center says that describes many of Oregon’s 120,000 unauthorized immigrants.

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Idaho Medical Tourism
7:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

CNA Taylor Jasper makes up the bed in a patient room at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.

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Homeless Idaho Children
7:17 am
Tue November 18, 2014

12,000 Idaho Children Are Homeless - Here's How One Agency Is Trying To Help

Volunteers lined up outside an Interfaith Sanctuary. The organization's site claims they couldn't help without volunteers.
Credit Boise Interfaith Sanctuary. /

There were more than 12,000 homeless children in Idaho last year, according to a recent report from the National Center on Family Homelessness. That puts Idaho in the middle of the pack compared to other states. The report is critical of Idaho’s policies that deal with child homelessness, ranking it 45th among states on policy and planning.

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Health and Medicine
5:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Idaho Health Officials Getting More Calls On Laundry Packets

Nationally, more than 17,000 kids were exposed to laundry detergent packets in 2012-2013 with 800 of them hospitalized.
Credit US CPSC / Flickr

Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare said more calls are coming about bright and colorful laundry detergent packets this year, compared to last.

So far this year, 69 Idaho children have been exposed to the packets.  Forty of those went to the emergency room and five ended up in the hospital.

Niki Forbing-Orr is with the health department. She said there’s been a 30 percent increase in calls about the packets in Idaho this year.

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Boise Pronunciation
7:23 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Boy-see Or Boy-zee? The Boise Pronunciation Question

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Idaho Gay Marriage
6:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Gay Marriage May Have Rallied Idaho Republicans Around Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at a campaign stop in Post Falls in October.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. It’s a break with the trend in most courts.

That could provide a legal opening for Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who has vowed to continue the fight against gay marriage in his state. The issue may have even helped him win re-election.

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