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Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday rejected legislation to pay $1.1 billion to Idaho’s K-12 teachers amid concerns about what is being taught in schools. Lawmakers deadlocked 34-34 in a tie vote that means the bill fails to advance. The defeat means the bill...

Idaho joins pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public health agency is recommending that health care providers stop using a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine for now while federal agencies investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. The recommendation from...

Idaho officials investigating riot at prison near Boise

Apr. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Department of Correction officials say they're still investigating a Saturday prison riot that forced staffers to evacuate a housing unit and left five inmates injured. The incident began around 4:30 p.m. as security staffers responded to a...

House panel OKs changes to bill trimming governor's powers

Apr. 13, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Tuesday approved Senate changes to a bill trimming a governor’s powers during declared emergencies while increasing the Legislature’s power. The House State Affairs Committee approved two modest changes to the bill made in the...

About 25% of Idaho in drought; 1 area in extreme drought

Apr. 12, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought. The area in extreme drought is in the Pioneer Mountains, which straddles Blaine County and Custer County,...

Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon

Apr. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation’s third-largest state geographically. Representatives of a group...

Idaho Senate OKs federal grant for early childhood education

Apr. 12, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate on Monday passed legislation accepting a $6 million federal grant to improve early childhood education from birth through age 5. Lawmakers voted 18-17 to approve taking the money that’s part of a reworked bill rejected by the House...

University system seeking input in implementing campus carry

Apr. 11, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — In an era marred by gun violence, the Montana University System is looking to neighboring states and public input as it prepares to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. The new firearm carry law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on...

New Wyoming law will allow people to take road kill to eat

Apr. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Thousands of times a year, motorists inadvertently smash into Wyoming wildlife like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, littering highway right-of-ways with carcasses that sometimes include dozens or hundreds of pounds of fresh, lean, edible meat. ...

E. Washington beats Idaho, keeps at-large berth hopes alive

Apr. 10, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Dennis Merritt ran for three touchdowns and Eric Barriere threw for 309 yards and a pair of scores and No. 9 Eastern Washington rallied to beat Idaho 38-31 on Saturday. The win avenged the Eagles' season-opening 28-21 loss against the Vandals in...