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NPR Story
6:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Un-Inspected

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

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Election 2014
7:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Idaho's GOP Governor Faces Two Hurdles: A Wealthy Democrat And Fed-Up Republicans

Gov. Butch Otter, with First Lady Lori Otter, spoke at the Republican Party's "unity rally" in May.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A favorite joke in Idaho -- at least among Republicans -- is that Idaho's Democrats could hold their convention in a phone booth.

Republicans have held the Idaho governor's office for 20 years and are easily the state’s ruling party. But this year, Republican governor Butch Otter doesn't face the easy ride back to office you might expect.

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Election 2014
4:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

National GOP Group Drops $500K Into Idaho Governor's Race

TV cameras focus on Idaho Governor Butch Otter (top left) and Democrat A.J. Balukoff (top right) at the gubernatorial debate in Coeur d'Alene on October 3.

New campaign finance reports show a national Republican group has spent more than $500,000 trying to re-elect Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho.

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Gay Marriage
8:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law

The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, says the Hitching Post, a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers, doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:11 pm

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

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NPR Story
5:46 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:44 pm

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

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Gay Marriage
9:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post in Couer d'Alene has filed a preemptive lawsuit against the city.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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NPR Story
9:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 8:54 am

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.

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Gay Marriage
4:57 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Already-Married Gay Couples Celebrate State Recognition In Idaho

Juli Stratton and her wife were married in California, but their license should now be legally recognized by Idaho.

County clerks in Idaho officially began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. But those couples aren’t the only ones celebrating.

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Gay Marriage
4:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

3 Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho under an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And the county clerk’s office isn’t the only place where the ruling is expected to take effect.

University of Idaho law professor Richard Seamon said many rights of marriage fall into the “death and taxes” category -- like joint tax returns and medical decisions.

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NPR Story
4:05 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

File photo of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:45 pm

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

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NPR Story
4:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:54 am

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning.

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9:09 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Court Request Delays Marriages For All But A Few Gay Couples In Idaho

Katherine Sprague (left) and Tabitha Simmons and were the first couple in line for a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 3:55 pm

Same-sex couples in Idaho are awaiting one more court decision Monday on the state's on-again, off-again gay marriage ban.

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Election 2014
9:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Dis Washington's Legal Pot

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 9:36 am

Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday.

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NPR Story
9:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Square Off In Coeur d'Alene

From left: Democrat A.J. Balukoff, Libertarian John Bujak, Republican incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, independent candidate Pro-Life.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

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Election 2014
4:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Listen: Idaho Gov. Otter Defends His Record In First Debate Against Balukoff, Bujak

All four candidates met in their first debate Oct. 3 in Coeur d'Alene.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

The two-term Republican governor faced off for the first time with his Democratic opponent A.J. Balukoff, and Libertarian candidate John Bujak, who is hoping to appeal to disillusioned Republicans. 

Bujak kicked off the debate by thanking the governor for being there.

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Museum
9:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Founders Of Idaho Creation Museum Urge Visitors To 'Think Critically'

Stan Lutz, left, and Doug Bennett stand with a mastodon skull in the Vision Center, a smaller version of what they hope to build.

A group in the Boise area is in the midst of fundraising for a new attraction in the Northwest. It'll be called the Northwest Science Museum.

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Hunting
8:50 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Report Finds Minimal Environmental Impacts From Idaho Wolf, Coyote Hunting Derby

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park | Flickr Creative Commons

Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

That’s the finding of an environmental assessment released Wednesday. It’s part of a controversy that started last winter when hunters competed to kill wolves and coyotes during a two-day event.

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NPR Story
6:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Minimal Environmental Impacts From Idaho Hunting Derby

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Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

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Arts + Culture
3:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Northwest Author Wins PEN Prize For 'Godforsaken Idaho'

'Godforsaken Idaho,' by Shawn Vestal

A Northwest writer is this year’s winner of a prestigious PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Spokane’s Shawn Vestal won the prize for debut fiction Monday night in New York.

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Education
5:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4M Grant To Train Health Care Workers

Coeur d’Alene's North Idaho College received a major grant Monday to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry.

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