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Idaho Legislature
12:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Idaho Dairies Want To Stop Activists From Filming

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Idaho's $2.5 billion dairy industry wants to put people who film their operations surreptitiously in jail for up to a year, a bid to block animal-rights groups from spying on farms in hopes of catching animal cruelty on tape.

Sen. Jim Patrick of Twin Falls Thursday introduced the measure on the heels of videos produced in 2012 by a group at one of Idaho's largest dairies documenting cows being beaten.

If the measure passes, anybody who enters an agricultural production facility without permission and records operations could face a year behind bars and a $5,000 fine.

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Idaho Legislature
12:09 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Idaho Could Ditch Exemption That Lets Lawmakers Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A dispute that erupted last year when former Republican Rep. Mark Patterson was allowed to carry a concealed weapon even after his permit was revoked has lawmakers trying to change Idaho's guns laws.

Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, told House State Affairs Committee members Thursday getting rid of the exemption letting all elected officials carry concealed weapons without a permit would hold officials to the same standard as voters.

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Winter Olympics
12:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

See Which Idaho Athletes Have The Best Shot At An Olympic Medal

Hilary Knight plays forward on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Credit Sara Melikian / Flickr Creative Commons

The Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday in Sochi, Russia. But competition for Idaho’s group of Olympians started early Thursday. Jessika Jensen, a native of eastern Idaho, finished seventh in her qualifying heat in the event of slopestyle snowboarding.

Nine people with Idaho ties will compete in the Olympics. Reporter Tom Banse of the Northwest News Network has been previewing the games. He says that figure is on par with the state's recent delegations.

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Idaho Legislature
5:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Idaho Rep. Luker's Professional Licensing Bill Likely Illegal

Credit Idaho Legislature

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says Boise Republican Rep. Lynn Luker's proposal to shield religious people's professional licenses from revocation is vulnerable to constitutional challenge.

On Wednesday, another Luker bill to expand legal protections for religious people who won't serve gays cleared the House State Affairs Committee, to the dismay of activists.

But his separate license measure hasn't gotten a hearing.

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Idaho Legislature
2:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Idaho Lawmakers Again Reject Medicaid Expansion, Likely Won't Happen In 2014

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The House Health and Welfare Committee rejected a proposal to increase health care coverage for low-income Idahoans, putting the final nail in the coffin of Medicaid expansion hopes.

Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, had promoted the bill as a way to help the state's poor, who are particularly vulnerable without coverage, as well as save hospitals and businesses millions.

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Utah Legislature
1:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Utah Republican Senator Fights For Anti-Discrimination Law

A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case.

Sen. Steve Urquhart, a St. George Republican, has pushed for GOP leaders to allow the bill to have a hearing and has even called for supporters to leave notes on the Utah Senate doors.

Supporters left about 450 notes, but Urquhart's fellow Senate Republicans are holding firm.

Business
12:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Russia Blocks Delivery Of Chobani Yogurt To U.S. Olympic Athletes In Sochi

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.

Schumer said Tuesday that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of "unattainable" Russian Customs certifications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested that Russia approve a USDA safety certificate for the yogurt, but Schumer said Russia still won't allow the shipment.

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Idaho Legislature
10:59 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Idaho House Panel Keeps Religious Freedom Bill Alive Despite Public Opposition

The main hearing room was so full, this is the overflow room for people who wanted to participate in the testimony.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / For Boise State Public Radio

Updated Feb. 5 at 12:54 p.m.: 

A House panel kept alive a measure to protect religious people sued for refusing to serve customers they believe violate their faith.

The State Affairs Committee voted 11-5 Wednesday to send the bill to the House floor, where it could get amendments.

All supporters were Republicans.

Two Republicans joined three Democrats against the bill.

The hearing focused on Republican Rep. Lynn Luker's measure updating a 14-year-old law focusing on religious rights.

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Homelessness
9:58 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Two Renovated Homeless Shelters Opening In Nampa

A small camp has formed outside Corpus Christi House in Boise.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise Rescue Mission plans to open two shelters in Nampa in the next two weeks.

The Idaho Statesman reports that a men's shelter called Lighthouse Rescue Mission and a women's shelter called the Valley Women and Children's Shelter are scheduled to open.

Officials say the women's shelter has 60 beds and will welcome women and children who are homeless as well as those displaced by domestic violence. A grand opening is planned for Thursday.

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Idaho News
8:53 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Autopsy Finds Heart Defect Killed Young Idaho Skier

Torin Tucker.
Credit Dartmouth College Athletics

An autopsy has determined that a rare heart defect killed a 20-year-old Dartmouth College cross country skier last weekend.

Torin Tucker, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho, died while competing at a cross country skiing marathon in Craftsbury, Vt., on Saturday.

His death certificate says he suffered sudden cardiac arrest as a result of a problem in the left coronary artery. Medical research says the condition is rare and is frequently associated with sudden death during intense physical activity.

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Prison
6:17 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

CCA To Pay Idaho $1 Million For Understaffing

Corrections Corporation of America will pay Idaho $1 million for understaffing the state's largest prison in violation of its contract.

The agreement between the private prison company and the Idaho Board of Correction was announced Tuesday.

Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA acknowledged last year that its employees falsified staffing records given to the state, making it look as though thousands of hours of mandatory guard posts were filled when they were actually left vacant for months.

CCA says the payment makes Idaho taxpayers whole.

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Farm Bill
5:04 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Idaho Senators Help Pass Farm Bill Despite Objections From Ranchers

Sugar beet growing near Caldwell
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s senators Tuesday sided with a majority of their colleges to pass the revamped farm bill. It now goes to President Obama for a signature. Both Idaho senators had said they were undecided in the days leading up to the vote.

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Endangered Species Act
11:10 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Republican Congressmen Propose Changes To 40-Year-Old Endangered Species Act

The gray wolf was listed in 1978 and the process of de-listing the predator started in 2003. By 2012, the management of the gray wolf was back under states' control.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Republicans in Congress say a 40-year-old law meant to protect animals and plants from extinction has become bogged down by litigation and needs to be updated.

A group of 13 GOP lawmakers released a report Tuesday detailing their proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws.

Proponents credit the act with staving off extinction for hundreds of species — from the bald eagle and American alligator to the gray whale. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in December 1973.

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Idaho News
9:34 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Twin Falls Denies Texas Stuntman's Permit For Snake River Jump

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The Twin Falls City Council has denied a Texas motorcycle stuntman's request to lease the site from which Evel Knievel made his failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in 1974.

A motion to approve the lease to Beckley Media failed on a 5-2 vote on Monday.

Many council members said they were concerned that "Big Ed" Beckley's safety plan for the proposed September jump was incomplete while some questioned whether local law enforcement could handle the expected crowds.

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Idaho Legislature
10:57 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Idaho Education Board Votes To Fight Guns On Campus Bill

Boise State University campus.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to fight a bill aiming to allow guns on college campuses.

Monday's vote came as trustees voiced concerns that, among other things, the measure could create confusion in the event of a shooting, if more than one person drew a weapon.

Trustee Bill Goesling of Moscow, the University of Idaho's location, fears police won't be able to tell who is the bad guy.

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Idaho Legislature
10:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Idaho Treasurer Refuses To Answer Questions About Audit

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Treasurer Ron Crane refused to answer questions about why his office in 2008 shifted risk for tens of millions of securities to state taxpayers from city and local governments.

Crane, appearing Monday before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, wouldn't answer questions from Sen. Dean Cameron, a Republican from Rupert, about why his office made the transactions that inflated the securities' value by millions.

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Idaho Legislature
9:54 am
Mon February 3, 2014

44 Gay-Rights Activists Arrested At The Idaho Capitol

More than 40 protesters have blocked the entrances to the Senate, they're also standing outside the Capitol.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / For Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated on Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Forty-four gay-rights advocates were arrested at the Idaho Capitol Monday for a silent protest to draw attention to anti-discrimination legislation that lawmakers have refused to publicly vet for the last eight years.

With one hand over their mouths, the protesters blocked all entrances to the Senate chambers for more than two hours. They want lawmakers to hear a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents from job loss and eviction.

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Idaho News
8:11 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Young Sun Valley Native Dies During Ski Race In Vermont

Sun Valley native Torin Tucker, 20, died in Vermont Saturday while competing in a ski race. He was a student at Dartmouth College.
Credit Dartmouth College Athletics

A college student from Sun Valley died over the weekend while competing in a skiing event in Vermont.

Torin Tucker, 20, was a member of the Dartmouth College cross-country ski team. He died Saturday during the Craftsbury Marathon. His cause of death hasn't been determined. A school spokesman says Tucker died at the event after attempts to resuscitate him failed. Dartmouth says it will fly flags at half staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Tucker's memory. 

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Wildlife
8:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Study: Climate Change Means More Raptors Are Wintering In Idaho

The American Kestrel was one of six raptors whose winter range is changing. The others are golden eagles, Northern harriers, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, and rough-legged hawks.
Credit Neil Paprocki

People in Idaho are seeing more raptors because golden eagles and red-tailed hawks aren't flying as far south for winter. That's according to a new study from Boise State University. The study authors say the change in migration habits means fewer of the birds of prey are being spotted in southern states.

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Winter Olympics
7:45 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Idaho Olympians: Meet Snowboarder Nate Holland

Credit By Sarah Brunson / U.S. Snowboarding

At 35-years-old, Nate Holland is the senior athlete on the U.S. Snowboarding squad going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. After finishing a frustrating fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Holland vowed to return to seek redemption, and a medal, in the next Olympics. Holland was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. He now owns a house in Truckee, Calif., but travels so much that he says he lives out of his suitcase much of the time.

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