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Lawmakers Have Left Boise. Here's A Recap Of The 2019 Idaho Legislative Session

After an acrimonious, 95-day session marred by political infighting and, at times, daily protests, Idaho lawmakers have left Boise. Much of the last three months at the Idaho legislature have focused on hot button issues – Medicaid expansion, ballot initiatives and hemp .

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It may soon be illegal to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in many public places in Boise.

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Customers of Idaho Power could see their bill go down in the coming year.

Regular, residential customers would see their monthly power bill go down by about 60 cents per month. While not a lot, the decrease would indicate a trend of downward rates at Idaho Power. As the utility files its fourth rate adjustment with regulators, it’s proposing collecting about $40 million less from ratepayers.

2:30 p.m. update: Gun store owner releases statement

The Littleton gun store that sold Pais a shotgun says they did so legally. The owner of Colorado Gun Broker posted on Facebook that Pais went through a full background check and was cleared by NICS and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

11:41 a.m. update: Sol Pais confirmed dead by FBI

A young Florida woman who traveled to Colorado and bought a shotgun for what authorities feared would be a Columbine-inspired attack just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said 18-year-old Sol Pais was discovered by the FBI with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Boise River, Flooding
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The Boise River is on the rise once again.



Boise State Public Radio announced Tuesday the honor of a Gracie Award for Amanda Peacher’s radio feature on a homeless student in Boise. The story that won the national honor is called “Evicted And Homeless, This 14-Year-Old Describes Every Day As 'A Fight’.” It was broadcast on September 25, 2018, across the four-state region of the Mountain West News Bureau and later carried nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition on October 9.

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The man at the center of a mass-stabbing in Boise last summer that claimed the life of a child and left eight others injured will remain committed to a secure mental health facility.

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A Boise city park and a foothills reserve may be getting new names.

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The group behind last year’s successful ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho is now working to unseat legislators they think are subverting the will of the voters.

States across the country are passing gun control legislation in response to mass shootings, as groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gain political clout. In deep red states, though, activists must both temper their expectations and reckon with residents and lawmakers often hostile to any limitations on their right to bear arms.

TOOELE – From behind the wheel of a gray Jeep Wrangler, Rob Hammer scans a high-desert landscape in search of an elusive American icon.


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Justin Hayes takes over as the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League on May 1. He joins Idaho Matters to talk about the future of conservation and preservation of the Gem State and the upcoming 2019 Environmental Conference called "Energy, Salmon, Agriculture, and Community: Can We Come Together?"

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