Jessica Robinson

Health Care
6:29 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides

Jennie McCormack tries to calm her 3-year-old son, the youngest of her three kids.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet. McCormack’s attorney says he’s willing to take the challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, neither pro-choice nor pro-life groups are paying attention to the case.

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Transportation
9:24 am
Mon April 9, 2012

No More Texting, But What About Mapping While Driving?

Idaho has joined Oregon and Washington in outlawing texting while driving
Kevin Mooney

Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill last week that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen.

If you can’t text then all three states say it’s pretty clear that means you can’t send email in traffic either, or, for that matter, surf the web.  And there are already laws on the books that ban watching TV while driving, so that means YouTube is out. 

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