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Bill Adding More Ballot Initiative Restrictions Clears Idaho Senate

Idaho senators gave a thumbs up to a bill Monday that would make it significantly harder to get an initiative on the ballot.

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This interview was originally broadcast in September, 2019.

On the home front, Russia is a nation in turmoil. A flagging economy, shrinking population, with some rural areas that still don’t have running water. Yet Russia has emerged from the ashes of post-Soviet Communism as an international broker of mediation and disruption, lead by President Vladimir Putin.


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U.S. Capitol Police say they’re not currently investigating Congressman Russ Fulcher over a claim he shoved his way past an officer in January.

Idaho Senators have introduced a new version of a constitutional amendment that would allow them to call themselves back into session. As James Dawson reports, it adds some new restrictions.

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Initial claims for unemployment in Idaho fell 45.5% the week ending Feb. 20, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The dramatic decrease was the largest by percentage of any U.S. state last week, but comes one week after a similar-sized spike in unemployment claims.


Lake Coeur d’Alene has well-documented water quality issues after decades of mining in the region. Millions of tons of metal sediments lie at the bottom of the lake. Scientists say there are declining oxygen levels and that could force the metals to rise and contaminate the rest of the water.




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A recent snowstorm that blew through the Mountain West was a welcome sight for states facing extreme drought. But across the southern half of the region, it may not have been as beneficial as it looks. 

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Two Idaho Democratic lawmakers have voluntarily dropped a lawsuit against the Republican speaker of the house over the legislature’s lack of coronavirus safety protocols.

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It's a challenge to wrap your brain around the very idea of learning about viruses in a high school biology class, while a current pandemic rages across the planet. But indeed, that's the task put before educators in the 2020-2021 school year.

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Idaho House Republicans want state agencies to be able to choose their own lawyers under a bill approved Wednesday afternoon.

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Idaho House lawmakers voted Tuesday to bar companies contracting with the state from requiring their employees to get vaccinated.


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Struggling To Pay Rent In Boise Or Ada County? This Program Can Help

Many renters in Idaho are facing a challenging financial future, after a devastating year . While businesses shed jobs and cut hours as the government struggled to get safety net systems in place, these folks faced tough questions. Questions like “what’s more important to spend my limited money on: my rent, my utility bill or groceries?”

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