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Otter points to major problem in HJR 5, urges 'no' vote

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:44:14 GMT

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is urging a "no" vote on HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot, and he's added a new twist to the debate: Otter says a clause in the amendment that says "in whole or in part" actually would vastly expand the Legislature's current power to review administrative rules, rather than simply writing that current power into the state Constitution. "I'd call it unnecessary but its potential consequences are more serious than that implies," Otter writes in a guest opinion; you can read the full piece here .

Mom faces misdemeanor for providing cannabis to seizing daughter

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:16:42 GMT

Kelsey Osborne is heartbroken. Her daughter and son have been taken from their Idaho home, while Osborne fights a misdemeanor injury to child charge.

Demo ad slams Labrador land stand

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:42:32 GMT

Both candidates vying for Idaho's First Congressional District launched new TV ads in the last week. James Piotrowski is the Democratic challenger running an underdog campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Raul Labrador.

Paper backs Simpson, Crapo

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:52:48 GMT

In an endorsement editorial this week, the Twin Falls Times-News backed incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, both Republicans, in their re-election bids: Republican Rep. Mike Simpson faces two especially weak challengers on Nov. 8 and will almost certainly win in a landslide. He deserves it.

Man's body found in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest near Hayden

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:37:41 GMT

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says a body was found in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest on Tuesday. The body was found just after noon in the Hayden Creek area.

AdWatch: Crapo touts help for Idaho vet

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:25:40 GMT

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's latest campaign commercial features an Idaho veteran, Dan Pugmire of Caldwell, and talks about how Crapo's office helped him get needed care from the Veterans Administration. "This comes from a plain-spoken Idahoan, obviously not a script written by a PR firm," said BSU professor emeritus Jim Weatherby.

Idaho Bar survey rates Brody twice as high as McKenzie for state's...

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:25:39 GMT

The Idaho State Bar has released the results of its survey of state bar members about the qualifications of the two candidates vying for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, and Robyn Brody has been rated nearly twice as highly by attorneys around the state as rival Curt McKenzie. Overall, Brody was rated 3.65 out of 4, while McKenzie was rated 1.86 on the same scale.

Idaho mother faces charge for treating daughter with marijuana butter

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:41:11 GMT

A Gooding mother is facing a criminal charge and fighting to regain custody of her two children after she said she gave her daughter butter infused with marijuana to treat the girl's seizure-like symptoms. Kelsey Osborne, 23, was arraigned last week in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a misdemeanor count of injury to child.

Science Trek

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:56:20 GMT

SCIENCE TREK, produced by Idaho Public Television, airs the third Tuesday of the month throughout the school year and focuses on a variety of science-related topics. Host Joan Cartan-Hansen and guest scientists answer questions that students have submitted either as a video or as an email.

Amador, Hearn battle for open seat in CdA's District 4 - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 PST

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:22:44 GMT

Education: Graduated from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif. in 2000. Holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from California State University-Fresno; and a master's degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Voluntary student health insurance policy is open for enrollment

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:14:36 GMT

As of Monday, Oct. 24, students can sign-up for Voluntary Student Health Insurance Plan for the Spring 2017 semester. V-SHIP is a voluntary plan giving uninsured Boise State students access to waived co-pay and deductible costs at University Health Services, and basic coverage at other medical treatment centers.

Landmark Settlement Reached in Medicaid Class Action Lawsuit Against Idaho Health and Welfare

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:46:15 GMT

Following a nearly five-year legal battle, attorneys representing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and ACLU of Idaho have received preliminary court approval for a settlement that is expected to affect about 4,000 Idahoans with developmental disabilities. The settlement is one of the final chapters in the case of K.W. v.

Judge OKs preliminary settlement in Idaho Medicaid lawsuit

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:46:14 GMT

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge has approved a preliminary settlement between developmentally disabled Idaho residents and the state Department of Health and Welfare, the ACLU-Idaho announced Monday. The settlement requires the state to develop a new tool for determining some Medicaid benefits, to give participants more information about budget changes and to help some participants with appeals.

Hagedorn offers coverage proposal: 'We don't have to reinvent the wheel'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:13:50 GMT

Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, second from left, makes his pitch Monday to fellow members of the Legislature's working group on health coverage. At right is Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Nampa.

Emails Reveal Renewed Interest in Shipping Megaloads Across North-Central Idaho

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:41:14 GMT

Idaho Transportation Department officials took comment almost a month ago on a proposed rule that would again allow the shipment of so-called "megaloads" of oil refining equipment across some of the state's most scenic byways. Now, according to emails revealed by the Lewiston Tribune , it appears at least one Canada-based shipper is interested in resuming the controversial practice.

Idaho lawmakers hear about how New Hampshire handled Medicaid expansion...

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:41:13 GMT

Deborah Fornier, Medicaid director for the state of New Hampshire, told lawmakers on the Idaho Legislature's working group on health coverage this morning that in her state, Medicaid was expanded in 2014 to cover all eligible adults, along with a requirement that the state apply for a federal waiver effective in 2016. It did so, and now New Hampshire has shifted the entire Medicaid expansion population from its standard Medicaid managed-care program to a program in which the state pays the premiums for those individuals to purchase commercial insurance through the federal insurance exchange that operates in their state.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:11:20 GMT

Outdoor Idaho "Nature's Healing Power" This episode features stories of Idahoans who have found strength and solace in nature as they confront illness and injury. It also shines a spotlight on four Idaho nonprofits that offer outdoor retreats for cancer survivors and disabled veterans - and the dedication of their volunteers.