Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-business-owners-say-idaho-liquor-laws-hurt-economic-growth <p>Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tSYxJp">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that Idaho's liquor regulation has resulted in a scarcity of liquor licenses, which in turn has caused business owners to resell licenses at exorbitant costs.</p><p>Licenses may be purchased from the state for $750 and in just two years, resold for more than $300,000.</p><p>According to Idaho law, each municipality is allotted one liquor license for every 1,500 residents.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:48 +0000 Associated Press 49617 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-didnt-know-8-immigrant-children-have-been-sent-idaho-border-surge <p></p><p><em>This post was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 25, 2014.</em></p><p>This week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho" target="_blank">sent a letter to federal officials</a> telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>However, federal officials say they've already sent children from the border to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:25 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 49430 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>Otter on Wednesday sent the letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez.</p><p>Idaho has not been contacted by federal officials about bringing any of the children to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:20:47 +0000 Associated Press 49406 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/look-where-gay-marriage-laws-stand-across-us-idaho <p></p><p>State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:52:02 +0000 Associated Press 49078 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/constitution-might-have-something-say-when-police-shoot-dogs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114JR_DogShootings_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48689 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs Audit: More Proof Of Review Needed From Idaho Treasurer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/audit-more-proof-review-needed-idaho-treasurer <p></p><p>Auditors with the Idaho Legislature say State Treasurer Ron Crane has not provided enough evidence that a full review was conducted following an inappropriate money transfer.</p><p>The auditors found earlier this year Crane's office overrode internal controls meant to contain financial risk and the transfer resulted in a loss of at least $10.2 million loss of taxpayer money.</p><p>The 90-day follow-up audit says Crane's office asserts it has reviewed its securities lending transactions but has only provided state officials with documentation for two specific transactions.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 48616 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Audit: More Proof Of Review Needed From Idaho Treasurer Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labrador-asks-congress-turn-parcel-federal-land-idaho-county-gun-range <p></p><p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range.&nbsp;</p><p>The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48521 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-cops-worry-about-cross-border-pot-shopping-trips <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070714JR_BracingForPot_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48425 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-says-lack-maps-leadership-puts-firefighters-harms-way <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070114JR_DeadlyDuty_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A <a href="http://ffsafetymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMBriefingFINALnoCOV.pdf">scathing new report</a> by a group of veteran wildfire experts called Safety Matters says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago.&#160;<p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/updated-shade-rule-aims-protect-idaho-fish-habitat <p>Idaho has long restricted cutting down trees along stream banks as a way to keep water cool for trout and a salmon. On July 1, an updated version of the <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1111108630404-108/2014_fpa-shade-rule-fact-sheet-rev062014.pdf" target="_blank">so-called shade rule</a> goes into effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47978 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-interstate-speed-limits-wont-increase-july-1 <p></p><p>The Idaho Department of Transportation is delaying increased interstate speed limits that were originally scheduled to take effect July 1 as it looks over public comments.</p><p>Sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 were supposed to see speed limits increased to 80 miles per hour.</p><p>The department has finished a review of increasing speed limits and will present its findings in mid-July.</p><p>ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter says holding off on the increases will "allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47858 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/abortion-seekers-still-protected-northwest-clinics-after-supreme-court-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062614JR_AbortionClinic_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Abortion services providers say <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf">the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones”</a> around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.<p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:38:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47826 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling Idaho Falls Chosen For $1.5 Million Crisis Center http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-falls-chosen-15-million-crisis-center <p>A $1.5 million state-funded behavioral-health crisis center will be built in Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho</p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter made the announcement Thursday morning at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.</p><p>Boise in southwestern Idaho and Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho had also been in the running for the center.</p><p>The center is intended to serve as a safety net to treat at-risk mentally ill people whose symptoms often land them in hospitals or jail.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:55:35 +0000 Associated Press 47779 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho May Have Trouble Defending Its 'Ag-Gag' Law http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-idaho-may-have-trouble-defending-its-ag-gag-law <p>On Wednesday a federal judge hears arguments on <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-idahos-ag-gag-bill" target="_blank">Idaho’s new “ag gag” law</a>, which creates stiff punishments for people who surreptitiously video or photograph agricultural operations.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:04:33 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47569 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho May Have Trouble Defending Its 'Ag-Gag' Law Priest Lake Cabin Owners Sue Idaho Over Land Valuation http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/priest-lake-cabin-owners-sue-idaho-over-land-valuation <p>The owners of 76 cabins built on state land around a northern Idaho lake are suing over the way the state determined the land's value.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1nwH6L7">The Spokesman-Review reports</a> the lawsuit argues the state is including the value of improvements such as access roads and utility lines that renters paid to have installed at cabin sites on Priest Lake.</p><p>The appraised value will be the minimum bid for possible auctions and will be used as the basis for future rental costs.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:42:57 +0000 Associated Press 47568 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho On Track To Take Over Prison Management July 1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-track-take-over-prison-management-july-1 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">Idaho correctional officials say the upcoming state takeover of a Boise private prison will be seamless.&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">The state will begin running the more than 2,000-bed Idaho Correction Center starting July 1 when the $29 million-a-year contract with the Corrections Corporations of America expires.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:37:40 +0000 Associated Press 47404 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 2 Years After Unanimously Recommending Medicaid Expansion, Idaho Governor's Group Reconvenes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/2-years-after-unanimously-recommending-medicaid-expansion-idaho-governors-group-reconvenes <p>An Idaho workgroup reconvened Wednesday to reevaluate options on how to offer medical services to low-income adults who don't have health insurance.</p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has repeatedly said he does not want to expand the state's current Medicaid program but has appointed a 15-member group to consider other possibilities.</p><p>The panel first met in 2012 and <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/11/09/idaho-should-expand-medicaid-eligibility/" target="_blank">recommended expanding the state's Medicaid eligibility</a> requirements.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:30 +0000 Associated Press 47314 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-one-young-girl-could-change-idahos-strict-marijuana-laws <p>Nine-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare form of epilepsy called <a href="http://www.dravetfoundation.org/dravet-syndrome/what-is-dravet-syndrome" target="_blank">Dravet Syndrome</a>. She started having seizures when she was a couple months old. Her mom Clare says Alexis is a happy kid, but she can't speak or potty train.</p><p>“You have seizures that go on for over an hour and nothing stops them,” Clare says.</p><p>“It’s so hard to helplessly watch your kid seizing for an hour,” Alexis’ dad Michael Carey says. “You can’t describe how painful it is.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47175 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-womans-fight-foster-daughter-reveals-system-difficult-choices <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614JR_DeeDee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.<p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:28:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47210 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices As Idaho Colleges Brace For Guns, Here's How Utah Schools Manage It http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-colleges-brace-guns-heres-how-utah-schools-manage-it <p>On July 1, people with concealed weapons permits can carry their firearms right onto the campus of Boise State, and any other state-run college or university in Idaho. This state is the <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/guns-on-campus-overview.aspx" target="_blank">seventh to allow “campus carry.”</a><br /> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:05:36 +0000 Julie Rose 46566 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Idaho Colleges Brace For Guns, Here's How Utah Schools Manage It