B. Lynn Winmill

Luke Mayville, Medicaid for Idaho, Idahoans for Healthcare, Proposition 2
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A federal judge has ruled Idaho must either allow a ballot initiative campaign to collect signatures electronically, or include the initiative on the general election ballot in November.

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A judge has ruled against a federal agency and how they kill predators like coyotes, in Idaho. 

Planned Parenthood of the Northwest

A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes.

In 2015, the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted bans that prohibited women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Planned Parenthood argued that the laws placed unnecessary burdens on women seeking safe abortions.

Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech.

But what about the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

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A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.

U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Monday the law violates the First Amendment.

A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state more than a year ago, opposing the so called "ag gag" law. The coalition said the law curtailed freedom of speech and made gathering proof of animal abuse a crime with a harsher punishment than the penalty for animal cruelty.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's laws restricting abortions after 20 weeks and requiring all second-trimester abortions to take place in a hospital are unconstitutional.

The ruling Friday upholds a judgment made two years ago by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

The case arose after eastern Idaho resident Jennie McCormack was charged with having an illegal abortion. Prosecutors said she obtained an abortion-inducing drug on the Internet and used it to terminate her pregnancy.

A federal judge in Idaho Thursday refused to toss out a challenge to the state's “ag-gag” law that was passed by Idaho legislators earlier this year at the urging of the state’s $2.5 billion dairy industry. The law spells out stiff punishments for people who secretly tape agricultural operations.

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U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill has sided with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and will not issue a temporary ban on poker play at its Worley casino.

The state of Idaho filed a lawsuit last month to shut down the tribe's poker room. The state says that all poker is banned under Idaho's Constitution and by state law. Tribal representatives, however, counter that Texas Hold 'Em tournaments is not considered illegal gambling but a game of skill.

A federal judge says a whistleblower lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections can move forward in court, but some of the claims must be dismissed.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Thursday that a group of current and former Juvenile Corrections employees raised enough questions of facts in their lawsuit to merit bringing it before a jury.

A group of Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction employees who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state say the agency is violating a judge's order to meet and decide which documents should be made public.

St. Luke's

A judge in Boise is now considering weeks worth of testimony in a case that could have significant effects on healthcare in Idaho and beyond. Attorneys representing several groups last week made their closing arguments against Saint Luke’s acquisition of the Nampa company Saltzer Medical Group. 

Occupy Boise, camp
Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge rejected some rules governing protests on state property surrounding the Capitol in Boise, concluding a seven-day limit on rallies as well as possible restriction-waivers for some groups but not others failed to pass free-speech muster.

The "Occupy Boise" protests that prompted this two-year-old litigation vacated the old Ada County Courthouse's grounds last spring.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's latest decision further clarified how activists can — and can't — use the Capitol Mall properties.

Transportation, megaload
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A General Electric Co. subsidiary has given up its legal fight to haul the second of two huge loads of water purification equipment through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and will find another way to get the equipment to the Canadian oil fields.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Resources Conservation Company International filed documents Thursday saying it was dropping its emergency motion to stay an injunction that prevented it from using the U.S. Highway 12 route.

megaload, transportation
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A federal judge has granted a request from the Nez Perce Tribe and an environmental group to temporarily stop shipments of giant oil-field equipment from moving across a winding Idaho highway.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the ruling Friday morning, barring Omega-Morgan from shipping the so-called megaloads along Highway 12 until certain conditions are met.

megaload, transportation
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

An American Indian tribe and environmentalists pleaded with a federal judge, telling him the only thing standing between the next giant oil-field equipment shipments on a winding Idaho mountain highway is his order to halt the transport.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for a General Electric Co. subsidiary told U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at Monday's hearing the courts had no authority to interfere.

GE's second 225-foot-long, 640,000-pound water evaporator is slated to travel on U.S. Highway 12 Sept. 18.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state in a lawsuit over rules developed in response to the Occupy Boise protesters who pitched tents and camped on grounds near the Capitol.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined last week that Idaho's no-camping statute on the Capitol Mall is constitutional and attempts to enforce a camping ban did not infringe on free speech rights.

Boise State Adopts New Logo

Nov 28, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This week Boise State University announced it will change its logo from the diamond shape that has been in place since 2001 to what it calls a "forward moving B." Take a look at our slide show to learn more.

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Occupy Boise protestors have until Wednesday to move their tents temporarily. 

A federal judge decided today the state of Idaho can assess and repair damage to the lawn of the Old Ada County Courthouse where Occupy tents have been up since November.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that although Occupy Boise has the right to maintain a symbolic tent city, the state has a legitimate need to repair and maintain its property. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Two weeks ago, a doctor’s report on health care at Idaho’s largest and oldest prison found “serious problems.” The state Attorney General’s Office responded Friday in a 37-page legal document.