Latest Idaho state government News

Idaho education board makes some college fees optional

Oct. 22, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students at state colleges and universities will be able to opt out of some fees under a plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday. The new fee structure allowing students to opt out of fees for activities, clubs and on-campus...

US to give nuclear waste plant in Idaho another try

Oct. 21, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Problems plaguing a nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho appear to be solved, U.S. officials said Thursday, and converting high-level liquid waste into safer, more easily managed solid material could start early next year. Joel Case of the...

Idaho sends out $169M in one-time income tax rebates

Oct. 20, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some 645,000 income tax rebates totaling $169 million have been sent out so far this year, an Idaho official said Wednesday. Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams told lawmakers on a finance committee that the average rebate...

Idaho officials reject grazing-fee increase, costing schools

Oct. 19, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Tuesday rejected a plan to raise grazing fees on state-managed land, costing K-12 public schools more than $530,000 annually. The Idaho Land Board voted 2-2 to defeat the proposal, with Republican Superintendent of Public...

Idaho board OKs legal fees in lost ballot initiative case

Oct. 19, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday took an initial step to pay $152,000 in legal fees to the winning side after Idaho lost a court challenge to a new law making it harder for voters to get initiatives on the ballot. The Idaho Board of Examiners comprised of...

Idaho Lt. Gov. blames public records mess on press, lawyers

Oct. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

AMMON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held a news conference Thursday to defend her decision to refuse to release public records until she lost a lawsuit over the matter, criticizing the Idaho Attorney General's office and accusing several news organizations of lying in their...

Trial starts in 1984 killing of girl shown on milk carton

Oct. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate on trial in the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl wasn't even remotely considered a suspect to law enforcement until his obsession with the crime and incessant visits to talk with police about it provided clues that...

Idaho lawmaker posts meme appearing to advocate violence

Oct. 13, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A far-right Idaho Republican lawmaker has posted a meme on Twitter appearing to advocate violence against journalists, educators, conservationists, the state’s largest university and other organizations ahead of an upcoming election in November. ...

Idaho ex-lawmaker makes 1st court appearance on rape charge

Oct. 13, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former state lawmaker made his first appearance in an Idaho courtroom on charges that he raped a young legislative intern earlier this year. Aaron von Ehlinger attended the court proceeding before Ada County Magistrate Judge John Hawley through a...

Idaho governor eyes more day cares to solve worker shortage

Oct. 12, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday he wants to use federal coronavirus relief money to increase day care capacity to help alleviate the state’s worker shortage. The Republican governor, in a speech about the future of work that was followed by...