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As the legal wrangling over a 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance seized by Idaho State Police continues, the company behind the cargo says new proceedings vindicate it.

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A nearly 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance the Idaho State Police intercepted last month at a checkpoint near Boise is staying put in the Gem State. That’s despite a court filing by the company claiming the plants are industrial hemp.

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Last month, Idaho State Police busted a truck carrying nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp. Federal regulators recognize hemp as a legal crop; Idaho places the multi-use crop in the same category as marijuana. Hemp does not contain THC, the psychoactive agent found in marijuana. This has created a standoff between hemp cultivator, Big Sky Scientific, and Idaho officials.

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It's the biggest Idaho drug traffic bust any state trooper can remember: a three-ton load of marijuana officers found on I-84.

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A recently released study finds Idaho is one of the worst states for driving in bad weather. Snow, not rain, is the problem.

It’s still technically fall, but with dustings of snow already falling in some parts of the state, winter is definitely coming. A report from Safewise – a website that reviews and compares safety products – finds Idaho is one of the most dangerous places to drive in snow.


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The Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Grant will help the Idaho State Police expand sexual assault response training and increase evidence collection capabilities. On Friday's Idaho Matters, we speak with state representative Melissa Wintrow about the legislation behind the efforts.

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With many schools on summer vacation and the summer travel season here, deaths on Idaho roadways are spiking in what the Idaho State Police call the 100 Deadliest Days.

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Last year, Idaho became the first state to track sexual assault investigation kits – making sure the kits are tested and processed according to state law. The Idaho State Police released the 2017 report to the state legislature last Friday.

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Idaho State Police are seeing a spike in evidence waiting to be tested to confirm the presence of heroin and other opioids. With three labs across the state, an official with ISP says they’re hiring and shifting staff to accommodate the influx of tests.

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Scenarios in which police use drones for investigations keep going up and up.

Idaho State Police, which is about a year into its program of using unmanned aircraft to get birds-eye views of crash and crime scenes, has six drones and 13 pilots throughout the state, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press.

"Our missions to fly have started to pick up," ISP Capt. John Ganske said during a demonstration last week at the agency's District 1 office in Coeur d'Alene.

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With summer unofficially starting Monday, the time of year for road trips is here. As a lot of people hit the road over the long weekend, safety officials are urging drivers to be careful not just for increased holiday traffic but for the whole summer ahead.

Not to rain on any parades this holiday weekend, but Memorial Day marks the start of the hundred deadliest days on the roads. With temperatures rising and school not in session, many families plan vacations this time of year and a good amount of them drive. More people on the roads means a greater chance of accidents.

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Almost two years after a toddler disappeared during a camping trip with his family, investigators plan to return to the campsite to search for new evidence.

Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner told KTVB-TV  last week that deputies will return to the campground outside of Leadore, Idaho once the weather improves.

Penner says the search for DeOrr Kunz Jr. was not prompted by a specific tip or new evidence. He says it's just something they need to keep working on.

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A new state audit of the evidence collected in Idaho's sexual assault investigations shows that law enforcement officials didn't submit nearly half of the rape kits to be tested.

Officials say that's largely because the cases were no longer being investigated or the agency determined no crime had been committed.

The Idaho State Police released its findings last week as required under a state law enacted earlier this year.

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The Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies are pushing for new rules for 911 and emergency dispatchers.

Idaho does not currently require training or hiring standards for 911 dispatchers.

ISP, the Idaho Sheriff’s Association and the Idaho Chiefs of Police want to change that. They’ve drafted legislation that would require a week of either academy or online training in the field of emergency dispatching.

Dispatchers would also have to take a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education classes every two years.

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By looking at FBI crime stats and census data, SafeWise ranked Idaho just behind Nevada and Michigan when it comes to how overworked police officers are. The report critiqued the ratio of police to residents, and found there’s one police officer to every 483 residents.

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