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Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 PST

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:07:27 GMT

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The House Community and Family Advancement Committee voted Wednesday night to pass the 20-week ban, which now heads to the full House for consideration Thursday.




State Ed Board to address teacher evaluations, Ybarra calls on districts to 'stand tall'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:25:44 GMT

Fallout is continuing from the Idaho EdNews report earlier this week that a previously unreleased audit of Idaho teacher evaluations which the state received in July found 99 percent were inaccurate or incomplete. First, state Board of Education President Emma Atchley announced that the state board will be addressing the issue at its Dec. 15 meeting next week, saying, "The audit raises serious concerns regarding the teacher evaluation process conducted during the 2014-2015 school year," and noting that the board's audit of 2015-16 teacher evaluations already is under way.




Seussical the Musical to Play Roanoke Children's Theatre for the Holidays

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:04:10 GMT

This holiday season, Roanoke Children's Theatre brings a fantastical, magical, musical adventure to the stage with SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL. Based on the brilliant works of Dr. Seuss , SEUSSICAL, will play December 20-23, 2016 at the Jefferson Center .




Atencio named Idaho's new state prisons chief

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:28:54 GMT

Henry Atencio, the current deputy director, has been named the new director of Idaho's state prison system, succeeding Kevin Kempf, who will depart Dec. 16 to head the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Atencio, a 26-year veteran of the department, will be the first Hispanic to head Idaho's prison system; the state's prison population is nearly 16 percent Hispanic.




F-35 Challenge: Let Us See And Hear It

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:12:29 GMT

The Idaho National Guard announced Wednesday that Boise's Gowen Field is one of five locations the U.S. Air Force is considering as a base for about 18 F-35 fighter jets. The announcement is just another in a long line of moves which have never included direct citizen input to the Air Force, Dept.




Entertainer, educator to social worker - there's more thaa

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:53:09 GMT

Karen Bird Goodwin holds the yardstick given to her by Principal Levon Chase. It was rare to ever see Mr. Chase in the school halls without his infamous yardstick.




Legislative panel to hold hearings on requests for $$ that another...

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:18:13 GMT

Here's a bit of an oddity: The Legislature's Joint Millennium Fund Committee has scheduled a full day and a half of hearings later this week to hear from 23 groups seeking funding for next year. But the Legislature's interim working group on the alternatives for Idaho's health coverage gap already has recommended tapping those Millennium Fund dollars, which come from an endowment set up with Idaho's share of a national tobacco settlement, for health care for the state's gap population.




(Over)Time Stands Still: Idaho Employers Ask, 'What Now?'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:51:16 GMT

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Amos L. Mazzant III was the most famous judge in America. Beginning his legal career as a law clerk in Dallas, Mazzant rose to become a magistrate and appellate court judge.




Wait! What? Wasden backs N-waste plan?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:52:49 GMT

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he's supporting the Navy's plans for a new waste facility for nuclear waste from warships at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho, and the plan is consistent with the 1995 agreement between Idaho and the federal government requiring removal of nuclear waste from the state and setting deadlines. "I support the Navy's efforts to upgrade the facilities at INL, which will provide greater protection for Idahoans and their resources"/ Betsy Russell , Eye on Boise.




$1.6B Navy nuke fuel facility wins approval

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:51:35 GMT

A drawing shows the new $1.65 billion spent fuel facility slated to be built at the Naval Reactors Facility, east of Idaho Falls. It will replace the Expended Core Facility, in use since 1957.




A 10-year-old girl from Idaho lights up the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:50:27 GMT

The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, cut from the Payette National Forest in Idaho, arrived at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28, 2016, Isabella Gerard, a fifth-grade student at Boise's St. Mary's Catholic School, was chosen to help light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2016. She got the honor by writing a poem called "Pristine Idaho Mountains."




Supplemental levies hit record high

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:19:48 GMT

Idaho's supplemental levy bill has hit an all-time record this year. Property taxpayers will shell out $188.8 million in voter-approved supplemental levies in 2016-17 - up from $186.6 million in 2015-16.




Empty Bowls helps Idaho Foodbank through local artwork

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:48:02 GMT

Though many people were shopping on Black Friday, the Idaho Foodbank was hard at work holding its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. During the fundraiser, the Idaho Foodbank collects handmade bowls from artisans all over Boise, including some crafted by students in the Boise State Art Department.




IDOC Director Kevin Kempf Resigns, Will Head Assoc. of State Correctional Administrators

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:07:50 GMT

Idaho Department of Corrections Director Kevin Kempf submitted his letter of resignation Monday to the Idaho State Board of Correction, the Associated Press reports . Kempf made the "bittersweet" decision to leave IDOC to take up a new mantle: executive director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators , which coordinates with prison system administrators on issues ranging from providing for inmates with behavioral and mental health issues, to treating substance abuse and inmates' re-entry into society, to racial disparities and staff training.




Otter appoints Nancy Baskin as a 4th District judge

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:01:24 GMT

Nancy Baskin, longtime staff attorney for U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, has been appointed as a 4th District Court judge by Gov. Butch Otter. Baskin will succeed 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen when he retires in February.




The story behind the 80-foot Christmas tree outside the U.S. Capitol

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:32:41 GMT

The Capitol Christmas tree, an Engelmann spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho, arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday after completing a 4,000 mile, three-week long, cross-country journey. The tree will be officially decorated and lit on Dec. 6 on the Capitol building's west lawn.




Idaho Statewide Ballot Initiatives Will Require 56,191 Signatures

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:08:36 GMT

Any push for a statewide local option initiative will face a daunting challenge, given statics from the most recent general election. The Idaho Secretary of State reported late last week that 710,877 Idahoans cast ballot on Nov. 8-nearly 76 percent of 936,529 registered Idaho voters.