Idaho

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.
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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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Idaho Schools
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Idaho Schools Chief Is Not Running For Re-election

Idaho Schools superintendent Tom Luna announced Monday he won’t run for reelection this year.
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Idaho Schools superintendent Tom Luna announced Monday he won’t run for reelection this year. Luna says running for a third term would get in the way of implementing the recommendations of the Governor’s education task force. That group was created after voters overturned Luna’s signature legislation known as Students Come First in November 2012. Luna’s popularity took a hit during the fight over those laws but Luna says he decision to not run for re-election didn't come out of fear that he'd lose.

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School Bus Collision
6:27 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Idaho Boy Dies In School Bus Crash

The last fatal school bus accident in the state was in 2001 when a driver was killed in north Idaho.
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An 11-year-old boy was killed this Thursday and four other children were injured when a school bus was hit by a dump truck. The bus was on its way to an elementary school in the town of Kuna near Boise.

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Northwest Retailer Revision
6:04 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Northwest Retailer Coldwater Creek Hopes Makeover Will Pay Off

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.
Credit Anna King

This holiday shopping season, women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek is trying to make it back into the black. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based company known for its distinctively Northwest style has had years of declining sales. The company's new strategy comes straight from the pages of the catalogs that made it famous.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
6:24 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Idaho E-Cigarettes Need Regulation

The letter points out there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions.
Credit Lindsay Fox

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 39 of his colleagues want tougher regulations for electronic cigarettes. The group hopes the federal government will act by Halloween.

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Oregon Trail Damaged
6:21 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Treasure Hunters Destroy Idaho’s Historic Oregon Trail Ruts

The Oregon Trail passed through Idaho for hundreds of miles a century and a half ago. In some places you can still see the ruts from the wagons that brought people west. Now vandals have damaged a section of the trail in Idaho.

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Wildfires
8:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

More Evacuations Ordered, Homes Lost In Large Idaho Wildfire

Wildfires burning in Idaho continue to be the country’s top firefighting priority. There are two massive blazes in that state that continue to threaten communities. Hundreds of people remain evacuated.

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