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Gov. Otter Signs Public School Funding Bill

(AP) - Idaho Gov. "Butch" Otter has signed a 2013 funding plan for public schools that includes funds for the state's new education reforms, including merit pay bonuses and laptops. The budget includes $1.27 billion in state general funding, a $56 million bump over the current fiscal year. That's a 4.6 percent boost in state support, but the overall increase is much smaller at 0.4 percent when including federal funding.

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Lawmakers Advance Texting-While-Driving Ban Bill

A proposed texting-while-driving ban for Idaho is headed to debate in the House, after senators agreed stricter limits on smart phones behind the wheel of a car would make people safer on the roads.  If the bill approved Tuesday on a 29-6 vote sounds familiar, it should. Since 2010, Idaho lawmakers have sought unsuccessfully

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Top Story Podcast 10/14/11:IDC Director Brent Reinke, Protect Life Bill, Jody May-Chang

First hour - Idaho Department of Corrections Director Brent Reinke comments "improvements" at the Idaho Correctional Center, Protect Life bill passed by the U.S. House of Representives. Second hour - Idaho LGBT A

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Top Story Podcast 9/13/11:Lady Landlord, SCCAP, Steve Millington, Jobs Bill

Top Story Podcast 9/13/11: First hour - Lady landlord, South Central Community Action Partnership event in the park, Steve Millington.  Second hour - President Obama's jobs bill.  Will it fix everything?

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Top Story Podcast 4/21/11:Otter Vetoes Bill, ISDB Presentation, Cops, Birthers.

Top Story Podcast 4/21/11: First hour - Gov. Otter vetoes the Idaho anti-health care plan bill and issues an executive order instead. Also, ISDB Presentation and the cops. Second hour - The "birther" question. Is it worth pursuing or sho

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Top Story Podcast 3/25/11:No Church For You In Downtown Twin Falls – TFPD Chief Brian Pike – Times News’ Steve Crump

Top Story Podcast 3/25/11: First hour: No church in downtown Twin Falls, Steve Crump. Second hour: TFPD Chief Brian Pike.

Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Commission denied Magic Valley Bible Church request to use the former Cain's Furniture building for a church.  After all a church is just not the kind of tenants they wa

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Senate Passes Third Ed-Reform Bill

The Idaho Senate has voted 20-15 to pass the third piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools.

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Education Reform…It’s The Law

Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter has signed laws to eliminate teacher job protections and early retirement, restrict collective bargaining and introduce merit pay in Idaho. 

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