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Genesee school on lockdown after gunshot victim found

Genesee School is resuming as normal after a lockdown Friday morning.

Latah County Sheriff's deputies and Idaho Stat Police officers were responded to a gunshot victim around 8 a.m.

He was found in the backyard of a home on Hazel Street with a gunshot wound to his head. He was alert.

Deputies placed the nearby Genesee School in lockdown while they assessed the situation.



Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

Boise State had asked for a 6.1 percent increase, while UI had asked for a 4.7 increase.

But the board said it wanted to hold increases to no more than 4 percent.

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the state filed the lawsuit Monday in 2nd District Court seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages for costs in fighting the fire.

Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12, 2012, after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.

The lawsuit names Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc., a Kamiah-based logging contractor.

Idaho officials contend a logging crew started the fire using equipment that didn't meet Forest Service standards required by law.

Moscow Fire Chief announces retirement

Moscow Fire Chief announces retirement

From the City of Moscow:


City of Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button has announced his retirement after fifteen years with the City, eight of those years as Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal and seven in service as Fire Chief.  Button’s contribution to the department and the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department has been steadfast and commendable during his tenure.

 

Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

The Idaho State Police says an alcohol age compliance check in north-central Idaho over the weekend resulted in 9.46% of the businesses failing to comply with the state law.


ISP's Alcohol Beverage Control, with the assistance of the Lewiston and Moscow Police Departments, conducted checks on Friday and Saturday nights at 74 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties.

UI receives $1 million from Micron Technology Foundation

UI receives $1 million from Micron Technology Foundation

The Micron Technology Foundation announced a $1 million gift today to the University of Idaho to fund an endowed professorship in microelectronics in the College of Engineering. The gift from the Foundation will support UI’s College of Engineering as it continues to enhance its position in microelectronics education and research.


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