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Dozens of Goats Munch on Pretty Lawns

No kidding: Residents are surprised to see them

(Newser) - About 100 escaped goats have munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away, the AP reports. Multiple news outlets captured the goats calmly eating grass and shrubs in a Boise neighborhood Friday morning before a trailer arrived amid applause from neighborhood residents.... More »

Driving Too Slow Now Getting People Tickets in Idaho

No slowpokes in the left lane

(Newser) - Idaho police are starting to enforce a new law targeting slow drivers hanging out in the passing lanes of highways. Two drivers have been cited as of July 27 for driving too slowly in the left lane since the law took effect July 1, the Idaho Press reported Monday. Idaho... More »

Inmates Hack Tablets, Pad Accounts by $225K

364 Idaho inmates allegedly exploited JPay software

(Newser) - Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploited vulnerable software in the JPay tablets they use for email, music, and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts, reports the AP . The department's special investigations unit discovered the problem earlier this month, and the improper... More »

Wife Disappears After Husband 'Drowns' on Lake Trip

Investigators are looking for Lori Barnes

(Newser) - An Idaho man's drowning death may not be so accidental after all, Fox News reports. The wife of Larry Isenberg, 68, said he fell from their boat and drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene in February, but the county examiner now says he died with lethal levels of Benadryl... More »

The 10 Best- and Worst-Run US Cities

In the top slot: Nampa, Idaho. Bringing up the rear: DC

(Newser) - Even before Tip O'Neill coined "all politics is local," urban leaders have tried to run their cities in ways that meet the most needs of the most constituents, all while staying on budget. WalletHub looks at the operating efficiency of 150 of the nation's biggest cities.... More »

Arrest Made in Mass Attack Involving Refugees

Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - A man who was recently asked to leave a Boise apartment complex is suspected of going on a stabbing rampage there that injured nine people, including six children, police said Sunday. Four of the victims have life-threatening injuries. Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing nine counts of aggravated battery and... More »

USDA Cyanide Trap Injures Teen, Kills Pet

Idaho teen still has headaches from cyanide poisoning, lawsuit states

(Newser) - An Idaho teenager is still experiencing headaches more than a year after he was poisoned by a cyanide trap government workers placed just 300 yards from his home, his family says in a lawsuit. Canyon Mansfield, 15, experienced cyanide poisoning symptoms including vomiting for weeks after he accidentally set off... More »

American Child Gets Disease That Killed Half of Europe

It's Idaho's first human case in 26 years

(Newser) - An Idaho child has come down with a rare illness that once tormented medieval Europe. Details are scant, but the child contracted bubonic plague in Idaho or on a recent visit to Oregon and is recovering with antibiotics, per the Idaho Statesman and Oregonian . Where the child lives, in Elmore... More »

Prosecutors: He Fed a Sick Puppy to a Turtle

Idaho teacher faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted

(Newser) - An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, reports the AP . Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland was charged Friday. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

Woman 'Horrified' by Ancestry.com Connection

Fertility doctor used own sperm to impregnate patient: suit

(Newser) - Kelli Rowlette thought she knew who her biological father was. So when Ancestry.com showed her DNA matched a sample from a retired fertility doctor, she assumed the service was unreliable, per the Washington Post . That was until she learned the same doctor had artificially inseminated her mother with his... More »

The Turtle Was Allegedly Fed a Puppy. Now It's Dead

Idaho State Department of Agriculture said animal was euthanized

(Newser) - A sick puppy reportedly met an unfortunate fate in Idaho, and now a snapping turtle has too. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture on Friday said that the turtle, who was allegedly fed the puppy by a Preston Junior High School science teacher as students watched, was euthanized "humanely,... More »

Feds to Idaho: Your 'Freedom' Health Care Is Illegal

But officials may find a workaround

(Newser) - Idaho's move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, US officials say. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho officials saying the Affordable Care Act remains the law and that her agency... More »

Huge Chunk of State Designated as Dark Sky Preserve

It's the first in the US

(Newser) - A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve, the AP reports. The International Dark-Sky Association designated the 1,400-square-mile Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve this week. The sparsely populated area's night skies are so pristine that... More »

One US State Vies for One of Earth's 'Exceptionally Dark' Skies

Central Idaho is cutting down on light pollution, trying to join elite group of 'dark-sky reserves'

(Newser) - There are fewer than a dozen dark-sky reserves on Earth—places where the skies are so "exceptionally dark" that they receive the elite designation from the International Dark-Sky Association, attracting astronomy lovers from around the world. Now Idaho hopes to be the first US state to make it onto... More »

Cops Reach Grim Conclusion in Family's Fatal Crash

Police say Noel Bankhead deliberately drove off cliff, killing herself and her 3 children

(Newser) - Last year, a mother and her three children were killed in Idaho when their SUV went off a cliff. Now police in Ada County have added a jarring word to the crash: deliberate. The sheriff's office has concluded that 40-year-old Noel Bankhead intentionally drove her Land Rover off a... More »

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing US Cities

Frisco, Texas, takes the top spot

(Newser) - While some metropolitan areas are stagnating and trying to figure out their next move to stay competitive, others are in the fast lane—and the Lone Star State can claim four of the top 10 on WalletHub's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The rankings took into account... More »

Idaho Hit by 5.3 Quake; Then Came the Aftershocks

More than 100 since Saturday temblor, and they've registered up to 4.5

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the town of Soda Springs late last week, and experts say they could continue for another week or so. The 5.3 quake hit about 6pm Saturday, the AP reports. There were no reports... More »

Tiny Museum Seeks to Revive Interest in Forgotten Artist

Little-known Archie Teater in spotlight

(Newser) - An Idaho-born landscape painter who traveled the world on the strength of his sales, had one-man shows in New York, and commissioned a studio by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is mostly forgotten now. Except by a southern Idaho historical society that owns 600 of Archie Teater's oil-on-canvas paintings... More »

BASE Jumper Gets Stuck on Canyon Wall

Rescuers saved the day

(Newser) - A BASE jumper apparently trying to make it to the floor of an Idaho canyon instead ended up stuck on the canyon wall Tuesday night, KMVT reports. Emergency responders were called to the scene in Twin Falls, where one descended the cliff face to perform a rope rescue, CBS News... More »

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