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A crowd of veterans and citizens gathered for the unveiling of the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  The new memorial for soldiers who have died since the attack currently has 51 names engraved on two pillars. “This memorial will ensure that the heroes of Idaho are always remembered for their sacrifice for our…

A war memorial for Idaho soldiers killed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks received a $10,000 donation Friday from TriWest, a defense contractor that provides access to health care for military members. The Triwest Healthcare Alliance gave its donation to the Idaho Fallen Soldiers Memorial in a ceremony featuring Idaho’s governor and first lady, Butch and Lori Otter. “TriWest’s generous donation…

Idaho’s two U.S. senators will be voting against Elena Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will join most Republicans in the Senate in opposing Kagan, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.  Most Democrats are expected to back Kagan, who is likely to win her appointment. “It…

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act which would repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding homosexuals serving in the armed forces.  Idaho’s House delegation vote was split; Congressman Walt Minnick voted to repeal it, while Congressman Mike Simpson voted to keep it in place. “Don’t ask, don’t tell”…

A proposal to help Idahoans living abroad vote absentee in elections could also limit the opportunity of voters who want to cast the ballot at county clerks' offices the day before an election. The Senate State Affairs Committee approved legislation backed by the secretary of state that would bring Idaho into line with federal law designed to help members of…

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) will need to find $59 million in reductions to balance the next general fund budget, which begins in July. JFAC is scheduled to finish its budget work on March 12. Larger reductions should come when JFAC sets the budgets of larger spending areas, like public education and health and human services. Lawmakers did find another…