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Idaho horsemen say fight for instant betting isn’t over

Rows of slotlike gambling machines sit in empty betting parlors at Idaho’s horse racing tracks. Employees once in charge of serving cocktails to bettors are gone, leaving hundreds of others who work in the industry fearful that they’ll be laid ...

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Group fighting for lower tuition plans to fold (access required)

The Stop Tuition Hikes campaign to get the College Not Cancer Act placed on November’s ballot threw in the towel Jan. 21. The campaign’s founder William Moran said the campaign will officially fold on Jan. 24. Moran’s proposed College Not ...

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OSHA to investigate worker death at Idaho seed plant

Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a fatal industrial accident at an Idaho seed plant on Jan. 20. Officials say Francisca R. Gomez, 63, of Parma died after her hair got caught in a piece of machinery at the Crookham ...

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Idaho judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit over public defense

An Idaho judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the state seeking to improve the public defense system in Idaho, saying the case did not merit judicial action because it is not up to the courts to legislate standards. “The court ...

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Movie theater sues Idaho police over ‘Fifty Shades’ flap

A movie theater is suing the Idaho State Police for threatening to revoke the theater’s liquor license because it served alcohol while showing “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Village Cinema in Meridian, just west of Boise, has a liquor license and ...

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Conservation groups challenge exploratory drilling plan

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a mining company’s plan to do exploratory drilling about 55 miles northeast of Boise. The Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United and Golden Eagle Audubon Society ...

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Idaho Senate panel approves divisive water quality rules

An Idaho legislative panel has approved new water quality standards tied to fish consumption rates, which critics argue places the state’s Native American residents at a higher risk of cancer than their non-Indian counterparts. Officials with the Idaho Department of ...

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Otter’s ‘Medicaid gap’ proposal headed to tax committee

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposal to provide basic medical coverage to people who fall in the so-called “Medicaid gap” has been split into two separate bills, meaning the plan will have to pass through two separate committees to succeed. The ...

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Rule would allow teachers to work without certification

Both legislative education committees have approved a rule allowing districts to use a non-traditional route to fill teaching vacancies. The Senate Education Committee voted in favor of the rule Jan. 19, Idaho EdNews reported. It would allow districts to hire ...

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Legislative committee votes to ease fire alarm rules in smaller schools

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee approved a rule Jan. 19 that would ease fire alarm requirements in a host of buildings — including smaller schools. Under the rule change, fire alarms would be required only in school buildings ...

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