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Idaho governor orders health review of Lake Coeur d'Alene

Nov. 8, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The governor of Idaho has ordered a third-party data review of Lake Coeur d'Alene as its health continues to deteriorate. The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that Republican Gov. Brad Little announced the request Wednesday at an annual water quality conference. Coeur d'Alene Tribe...

Idaho governor asks agencies to cut budgets

Nov. 7, 2019 4:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has asked most state agencies to trim their current budgets by 1% and prepare for more cuts in the coming year. The Idaho Press reports the request excludes K-12 public schools. He sent a memo to other state agencies late last month asking them to identify another...

Idaho, Energy Department sign deal on spent nuclear fuel

Nov. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho granted a conditional waiver Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The agreement announced by Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both...

Administrators say early literacy funding makes an impact

Nov. 3, 2019 2:31 AM EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — New state early literacy money is going toward all-day kindergarten and other long-term investments in Twin Falls School District. Administrators say it's already having a significant impact. Business and political leaders toured school facilities Tuesday and learned about a...

Judge dismisses case challenging Idaho's initiative process

Oct. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal lawsuit challenging Idaho's ballot initiative process as unconstitutional because it requires signatures from multiple legislative districts has been dismissed. Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye didn't rule Tuesday on the merits of the case but said plaintiff Ryan...

Idaho sending firefighters to fight California wildfires

Oct. 30, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is sending firefighters and equipment to California to fight wildfires. Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little late Tuesday approved sending five fire engines and 17 personnel to California where numerous wind-driven wildfires have been burning. The approval is part of an Emergency...

Signature collecting begins for school-funding initiative

Oct. 28, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to raise more than $170 million for K-12 public schools by increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations have started collecting signatures to get the measure on the November 2020 ballot. The group started the effort over the weekend after the...

Correction: Transgender Birth Certificates-Idaho story

Oct. 25, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about Idaho transgender people changing the sex listed on their birth certificates, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people who have applied to change the gender on their birth certificates between April 2018 and September. The number is 145,...

Idaho lawmakers considering property tax changes

Oct. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of lawmakers is examining property tax options amid complaints that taxes are going up with rising property values, while also hearing on Monday concerns from cities and counties that they're operating on tight budgets. The Property Tax Working Group took no action following a...

Pay disparity hampers teacher retention in small districts

Oct. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Some smaller Idaho school districts are struggling to retain teachers who are tempted by the bigger paychecks and increased resources offered by larger districts. Records from the State Department of Education show that 184 teachers have changed school districts in Idaho since the...