Idaho

Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
7:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Idaho’s First Same Sex Marriages Set For Friday, Courts Could Issue A Stay

Idaho’s first same sex marriages could take place this week. Tuesday a federal judge in Boise ruled that Idaho’s 2006 gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and scheduled the ruling to go into effect Friday. Wednesday the same judge denied a request from Governor Butch Otter’s lawyers to stay the order. They are now asking the 9th Circuit Court to issue a stay while appeals are made. University of Idaho law professor Shaakirrah Sanders says it’s unclear if that will happen. She says when Utah was in this same situation a few months ago the appeals court denied a stay but the Supreme Court granted it. Sanders says that Supreme Court decision could be very persuasive to the 9th circuit judges.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
7:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Judge Overturns Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Boise has ruled Idaho's law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling Tuesday by Judge Candy Dale is set to take effect at 9 a.m. on Friday. But, as Jessica Robinson reports, shortly after the ruling the governor vowed to appeal.

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Idaho Superfund Site
6:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

At Superfund Site, Pavement Used To Help The Environment

A street in Wallace, Idaho, was repaved last fall as part of the Superfund cleanup in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.
Credit EPA

The nice weather we've been having means work on the ground is resuming at one of the largest Superfund sites in the nation. The EPA is trying to clear decades of mine pollution from Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River Basin. This summer managers are using an environmental remedy you might not expect: pavement.

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Interstate Movement
5:54 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Would You Move To Another State? Poll Shows How Many People Want To Move

The border with Washington at Oldtown, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robbinson

A new Gallup poll reveals how many people prefer to be in a different state, given the chance. Overall, the Northwest has a pretty loyal crowd. Oregonians, in particular, are quite happy where they are. But the poll finds a high rate of Idahoans planning their goodbyes.

This June, Cat Wiechmann is finishing up her Master's in wetland ecology at the University of Idaho in Moscow. But instead of staying put, she’s heading to Pueblo, Colorado, for a university position there.

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Idaho Employment
4:38 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Idaho Department of Labor is holding a session this week to help hundreds of people in north Idaho who will lose their jobs when Coldwater Creek goes out of business. The Sandpoint-based retailer is going bankrupt after years of declining sales. It will be hard for workers to find new jobs in the region.

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Idaho 10 Commandments
6:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Thou Shalt Not...

A newspaper clipping from 1972 shows the placement of a 10 Commandments monument in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Credit City of Sandpoint

A little-known display of the 10 Commandments in North Idaho has attracted the attention of a couple of national legal organizations.  The issue involves a stone monument in a city park in Sandpoint.  It has similarities to a controversy over a war memorial in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Idaho Gay Rights
6:56 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Multiple Protests, Arrests, But Is Idaho Any Closer To Gay Rights?

"Add the Words" protesters encircle the upper level of the rotunda at the Idaho Capitol. They put a hand over their mouth to symbolize how they've been "silenced" by lawmakers, who have declined to hold a hearing on an anti-discrimination bill.
Credit Jessica Robinson

This winter, protests hit the Idaho Capitol at a level rarely seen in Boise. Gay rights activists blocked entrances and were marched away in handcuffs. They want Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law similar to those in Oregon and Washington. It would make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Lawmakers plan to wrap up the session this Friday without ever printing the bill.

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Idaho Sales Tax
4:48 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Proposal Would End Idaho Sales Tax on Groceries

An Idaho state senator introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.
Credit Michael Pendergrass / Wikimedia Commons

An Idaho state senator and gubernatorial candidate has introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.

Republican State Senator Russ Fulcher says it’s time Idahoans were able to take advantage of the same savings that neighboring states like Washington, Oregon, and Montana have, by not having to pay sales tax on most grocery items.

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Gun Control
5:29 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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Gun Control
5:14 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

More Than 200 Idaho Students, Faculty Rally Against Guns On Campus

Protestors want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses.
Credit Quagmar / Flickr

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. 

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