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[post_thumbnail]Tom Luna, superintendent of public instruction, is a supporter of the national Common Core standards. As the fall 2013 deadline approaches for Idaho public schools to implement the Common Core academic standards, a new coalition has formed within the state to support the agenda while giving it a new name. “Idahoans for Excellence in Education, a broad and diverse coalition,…

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[post_thumbnail] During the debate on creating a state health insurance exchange, the Idaho Hospital Association distributed a letter to legislators, including Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, urging support. It also contracted for a poll that said the exchange was supported by 74 percent of Idahoans. The poll was conducted by a firm recently awarded a contract by the exchange board. A…

Idaho State Police spokesperson, Teresa Baker, says two north Idaho police departments are using license plate scanning technology to collect data on anonymous residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published an extensive report indicating that local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. are scanning and retaining vehicle license plate data, including recording the times and locations where vehicles are being operated. In Idaho there are law enforcement agencies in both the southern and northern regions of the state that are utilizing this…

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[post_thumbnail] State Sen. John Goedde, left, R-Coeur d'Alene, says online learning options allow those in rural areas a good option for educational opportunities. If you’re trying to keep track of all the online educational opportunities available to Idaho’s K-12 students, your efforts might lead to confusion. But if you like the notion of students having a wide array of schooling…

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[post_thumbnail] State Rep. Luke Malek, R-Couer d'Alene, says that privacy should be a top concern for citizens in Idaho. As plans move forward in more than two dozen states for the launching of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) health insurance exchanges, new concerns have emerged in yet another state—this time California—about consumer privacy and the security of personal data. But…

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[post_thumbnail] U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that $1.38 million has been awarded to community health centers in Idaho to assist people in signing up for government health care. Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in federal grants for community health centers to assist people in signing up for government…

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[post_thumbnail]Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is a supporter of the Patriot Academy because it emphasizes a return to Constitution-based government. Teenagers and young adults in Idaho will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the U.S. Constitution and the workings of American government with the Texas-based Patriot Academy set to convene in August for the first time ever in Boise. “We…

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[post_thumbnail] Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce Jeff Sayer says Idaho is on the radar screen nationally for business. A new national survey indicates that Idaho is increasingly becoming an attractive place to operate a business. And while the new ranking is a positive development among many state leaders, some still believe there is room for improvement. “This is…