Idaho

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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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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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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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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.

Campaign

The squeaker in the statewide returns from Tuesday’s election in Idaho was the contest for state superintendent of public instruction. The position rarely makes the holder a household name. But as correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, it's an office that's expected to play a key role in Idaho over the next several years.

Republican Sherri Ybarra’s margin of victory was just over 1 percent. She’s currently the curriculum director in the Mountain Home district. Ybarra says her first step will be getting a crash course from outgoing state schools chief, Tom Luna.

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It’s election week. Here in the Northwest, Washington and Oregon voters will cast their ballots by mail – or drop box. In Idaho, most voters still go to the polls.

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Balukoff began the hour-and-a-half back-and-forth by introducing himself as a successful businessman and longtime Boise school trustee. Otter touted his administration’s fiscal responsibility, and Bujak attempted to paint himself as an alternative candidate who would change the way Idaho government works.

By the end of the forum, the three had touched on Idaho’s economy, school funding, the state of its roads and bridges, a prison scandal, and more.

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Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages. The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

The quaint Old West style wedding chapel called the Hitching Post is just across the street from the county courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

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Same-sex couples across Idaho headed to county courthouses Wednesday. It was the first official day of legal gay marriage in the state since a court overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Gay rights supporters hope the day marks a new direction for Idaho.

In Boise, there was a long line of couples at the Ada County courthouse among them, some of the plaintiffs who took the state to court for refusing to marry them.

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