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  1. Testimony: 'Without this bill, my son will not return to Idaho'Read the original story w/Photo

    27 min ago | The Spokesman-Review

    With time running out for this morning's portion of the hearing on HB 2, people who passed up notes saying they couldn't return this afternoon are being called up, but urged to be very brief. Among those speaking: Michael Reineck told the panel he's an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, and his son interviewed Gov. Phil Batt as a 6th grader at Lowell Elementary for a school project.

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  2. Idaho's Non-Compliance With Real Id Act Limiting Access to Idaho National LabRead the original story w/Photo

    58 min ago | Boise Weekly

    Idaho's non-compliance with the REAL ID Act has already caused problems at the Idaho National Laboratory and could affect all federal facilities by the end of the year. The 2005 act was designed to put tighter controls on driver's licenses and identification cards, but Idaho is one of only nine states not in compliance with the law.

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  3. Poll: 'Add The Words' Won't PassRead the original story w/Photo

    1 hr ago | The Spokesman-Review

    Tuesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation sez the 2015 Idaho Legislature won't pass "Add the Words" legislation thisyear. 120 of 167 respondents said the legislation won't pass.

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  4. Idaho Christian woman warns lawmakers they will legalize necrophilia by protecting LGBT rightsRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | The Raw Story

    A woman testifying at an Idaho House committee hearing on Tuesday warned lawmakers that adding "sexual orientation and gender identity" to the state's Human Rights Act would legalize bestiality and other forms of sexual deviancy. "I have deep love and compassion for all people, as Christ has taught me and by the incredible example of my parents growing up," Laurie Burchfield said at a House State Affairs Committee hearing on House Bill 2. "With that said, that love and compassion does not mean I condone the LGBT lifestyle."

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  5. Testimony: 'History repeats itself,' 'Adults followed my...Read the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    So far this morning, 10 people have testified on HB 2, the bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, all of them in favor of the bill. Among them: Jill Gill , a professor of American history, said she's a historian who specializes in civil rights and religious history.

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  6. Boise Proposes Its Own Pre-KRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 30 | Boise Weekly

    In one of its most ambitious efforts in recent memory - while tweaking the nose of the Idaho Legislature, which has refused to consider funding for preschool programs for Idaho's youngest citizens - the city of Boise, in conjunction with the Boise School District, is moving forward with a proposal to offer its first pre-K program. The program, which could be rolled out as early as this fall, would be offered to eligible children in Boise's Vista neighborhood as part of the city's Energize our Neighborhoods project.

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  7. Testimony: 'Vagueness in these terms,' 'Discrimination...Read the original story w/Photo

    17 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    Barry Peters said he thought the term "sexual orientation" in HB 2 could be interpreted as including pedophilia. He said if he had a four-plex to rent and had families with children in three of the four units, and was approached by a prospective tenant, "and in my background check I find this person has been convicted of pedophilia, they've served their sentence, am I free to not approve them as a tenant in this building on this basis? Under this bill the answer is emphatically no.

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  8. Testimony: 'Not a choice,' 'Right side of history,' 'Look into your hearts'Read the original story w/Photo

    18 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    The House State Affairs Committee has resumed taking public testimony on HB 2, the bill to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to ban discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations on those bases. Among those testifying: Cindy Gross , chair of the Add the Words campaign, told the committee, "I stand here because if I don't, I won't be able to look at myself in the mirror in the morning."

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  9. McClure Center Forum On Idaho's Health ExchanRead the original story

    18 hrs ago | KISU-TV Pocatello

    This one-hour live program from the studios of IdahoPTV offers Idahoans the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the health insurance exchange and how it affects the residents of the Gem State.

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  10. LDS Stand On Gays Makes WavesRead the original story w/Photo

    18 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    As Idaho lawmakers held a second day of hearings Tuesday on legislation to add civil rights protections for gays, big news emerged from the Mormon church, which announced support for measures protecting the rights of gays and lesbians as long as religious rights also are protected. The Latter-Day Saints church, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has big influence in Idaho.

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  11. LDS church announcement on protection for gays makes waves in Idaho - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 PSTRead the original story w/Photo

    19 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. BOISE - As Idaho lawmakers held a second day of hearings Tuesday on legislation to add civil rights protections for gays, big news emerged from the Mormon church, which announced support for measures protecting the rights of gays and lesbians as long as religious rights also are protected.

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  12. Crapo Seeks To Bolster Gun RightsRead the original story w/Photo

    20 hrs ago | The Spokesman-Review

    Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation to reaffirm the Second Amendment rights of Idahoans. The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.

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  13. LDS Seeks Balance On Gay RightsRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | The Spokesman-Review

    As the Idaho Legislature continues to hear testimony this morning on "adding the words," Mormon church leaders made a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others.

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  14. Dramatic Jump in Idaho Flu Deaths in Early Weeks of 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Boise Weekly

    Flu-not the snifflly sore throat kind, but the kind that kills-is rearing its ugly head in Idaho again this season. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports that in the first few weeks of the new year, the death toll linked to flu-related illness has jumped.

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  15. 2. Utah's 'buyer beware state' status should ...Read the original story

    Monday | KSL-TV

    If you're looking to buy a used vehicle, there's a chance you could end up with a wreck and not ever know it. Utah is a buyer beware state, which means it's up to the buyer to determine if the vehicle they're purchasing was in a crash or not.

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  16. 'Can you tell me where gay people come from?' Gay rights debate turns emotionalRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Salt Lake Tribune

    Boise, Idaho a Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates. "Can you tell me where gay people come from?" asked Democratic Rep. John McCrostie of Boise - Idaho's only openly gay state lawmaker - as the crowded room let out a small laugh.

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  17. LGBT Rights Activists and 'Supporters of Religious Freedom' Face...Read the original story

    Yesterday | Towleroad

    As we reported yesterday , an Idaho House Committee had finally agreed to hear testimony on a proposed non-discrimination bill that would add protections for Idahoans based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The hearing, which began yesterday and continues today, saw at-times heated disagreement between LGBT rights activists who have long campaigned for legislators to "add the words" "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's existing Human Rights Act and backers of so-called "religious freedom" who claim that adding protections for LGBT individuals would infringe upon the rights of the religious.

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  18. Hundreds testify in Idaho Capitol for 'Add the Words' billRead the original story

    Yesterday | KRMG-AM Tulsa

    Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts on how to respond to the question he had just been handed in front of religious freedom supporters and hundreds of gay rights advocates. "Can you tell me where gay people come from?" asked Democratic Rep. John McCrostie of Boise -currently Idaho's only openly state lawmaker - as the crowded room let out a small laugh. 9 comments

  19. Flu kills 14 in region; precautions urged - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 PSTRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | The Spokesman-Review

    Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. The flu has put 249 people into Spokane hospitals and is blamed for 10 deaths this season - including four in the past week.

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  20. Utah's 'buyer beware state' status should prompt car buyers to investigate car's historyRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | KSL-TV

    If you're looking to buy a used vehicle, there's a chance you could end up with a wreck and not ever know it. Utah is a buyer beware state, which means it's up to the buyer to determine if the vehicle they're purchasing was in a crash or not.

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