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As cities, counties change zoning codes, let’s consider how ‘lovably nonconforming’ housing may help

I have a special place in my heart for a type of buildings that might best be called, “Lovably Nonconforming.”  These are buildings that wonderfully add to the fabric of our neighborhoods — and likely could not be built under today’s zoning codes.  When we talk about how to preserve neighborhood character and create amazing […] The post As cities, counties change zoning codes, let’s consider how ‘lovably nonconforming’ housing may help appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Given short notice, Treasure Valley cities to remain open for new Juneteenth holiday

With short notice mere hours after President Joe Biden signed a law making June 19 a national holiday, the mayors of Boise, Nampa and Meridian announced city operations would be open as normal on Friday, while the state’s executive branch agencies will be closed. June 19 is celebrated as the end of slavery in the […] The post Given short notice, Treasure Valley cities to remain open for new Juneteenth holiday appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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President Joe Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names — Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at […] The post President Joe Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho Gov. offers paid time off for COVID vaccine, calls on businesses to follow suit

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is taking the lead on offering paid time off to employees who get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This morning, I informed Idaho state employees we’re offering them a new benefit – four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine!” Little said […] The post Idaho Gov. offers paid time off for COVID vaccine, calls on businesses to follow suit appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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What’s the COVID-19 vaccination rate at Idaho’s care facilities? We don’t know.

A bare minimum of 10,000 residents and 7,000 staff at Idaho long term care facilities have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, based on data provided to the Idaho Capital Sun by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. That’s nearly twice the number of COVID-19 cases that facilities have reported during the pandemic, according […] The post What’s the COVID-19 vaccination rate at Idaho’s care facilities? We don’t know. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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State to review policies as Reclaim Idaho requests updated financial analysis of education ballot initiative

A newly revised financial analysis issued Wednesday found Reclaim Idaho’s updated education ballot initiative adheres to a new tax law the Legislature passed earlier this year.  Overall, the initiative would increase income taxes by $323.5 million beginning in the 2024 budget year. The Division of Financial Management issued the fiscal impact statement late Wednesday afternoon, […] The post State to review policies as Reclaim Idaho requests updated financial analysis of education ballot initiative appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S.

A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the Biden administration to restart regular sales of oil and gas leases, forcing the administration to prematurely abandon a central piece of its climate change agenda. In a preliminary ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 […] The post Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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State Board of Education endorses full-day kindergarten

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on June 16, 2021 The State Board of Education wants Idaho to fund full-day kindergarten. On Wednesday, the board gave the idea its unanimous support, the first step in a process that could play out through the 2022 legislative session. The State Board wants to free up state dollars for full-day kindergarten […] The post State Board of Education endorses full-day kindergarten appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Boise schools were sole ‘target’ of lawmaker’s indoctrination search

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on June 16, 2021 As of Monday, Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ $100,000-plus public records request for Boise school curriculum was the only one she made in her search for public school indoctrination throughout Idaho, an EdNews records request showed. Co-chair to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on the “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination […] The post Boise schools were sole ‘target’ of lawmaker’s indoctrination search appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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We don’t review tax exemptions in Idaho. Could models in neighboring states work here?

Editor’s note: This is Part II of an ongoing series examining the various aspects of Idaho’s tax exemptions and lack of a legislative review process. Part I can be found here.  With the exception of Nevada and Wyoming, Idaho is surrounded by states with varying degrees of a state-level review process for tax exemptions and […] The post We don’t review tax exemptions in Idaho. Could models in neighboring states work here? appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Optics of G-7 meeting shows America is stronger when it works with its global allies

The optics of the G-7 meeting are encouraging. President Joe Biden was warmly received by our closest allies, and plans were laid to forge a joint strategy to confront China, our principal geopolitical adversary. The U.S. has dropped its go-it-alone policy and returned to its post-WWII alliance-based strategy of supporting democracies and opposing tyrannical regimes. […] The post Optics of G-7 meeting shows America is stronger when it works with its global allies appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday led a group of House Republicans calling for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, formalizing their intense criticism of his public statements and actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic into legislation. Those GOP lawmakers can’t actually oust Fauci from his post as director of the National […] The post Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

WASHINGTON — The mayors of cities in Ohio, Montana and Arizona stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, […] The post Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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U.S. House panel probes slow cleanup of ‘exploited’ coal mining sites

A U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee examined the cleanup needs for regions transitioning away from coal production Tuesday, with witnesses representing coal workers and Native American communities saying energy companies should be responsible for returning the land to its pre-mining state. Much of the conversation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing centered on […] The post U.S. House panel probes slow cleanup of ‘exploited’ coal mining sites appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Labor Secretary says Biden’s child care plan will help Idaho economy

Idaho is at a turning point. The pandemic brought to a head the state’s child care crisis. U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told the Idaho Capital Sun last week that President Joe Biden has a plan to help — spending $225 billion to restabilize child care in the U.S., as part of a […] The post Labor Secretary says Biden’s child care plan will help Idaho economy appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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In mental health crises, a 911 call can now bring a team of helpers — and maybe no cops

  By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called […] The post In mental health crises, a 911 call can now bring a team of helpers — and maybe no cops appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Confusion surrounds state financial review of Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative

Officials with Reclaim Idaho have paused efforts to collect signatures for a new education funding ballot initiative as they await a new financial analysis of the initiative from the state. But new documents the Idaho Capital Sun obtained late Monday afternoon raise uncertainty about whether the state analyzed the most up-to-date version of Reclaim Idaho’s […] The post Confusion surrounds state financial review of Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Idaho held an innocent man on death row for 18 years. Now it’s paying for that.

How much will the wrongful conviction of a death row inmate who spent nearly 20 years behind bars cost the state of Idaho? Close to $1.4 million. The sum will be awarded to Charles Fain, who was released from death row in 2001 after he was exonerated by DNA evidence in the 1982 sexual assault […] The post Idaho held an innocent man on death row for 18 years. Now it’s paying for that. appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Justice Department to scrutinize voter access as Idaho, other states tighten voting laws

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that […] The post Justice Department to scrutinize voter access as Idaho, other states tighten voting laws appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have instructed Maryland’s Emergent BioSolutions to scrap some batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substance manufactured at the company’s troubled Baltimore plant, while clearing a small portion to be used in the U.S. or sent abroad.  Two batches of the J&J vaccine substance made in Baltimore were deemed “suitable […] The post Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.