Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise is live-blogging testimony from the first day of hearings for "Add the Words" legislation this morning. The hearing began at 8 a.m. (MDT) and will conclude in a few minutes. The hearing will resume again at 5 (MDT) this afternoon and run through 8 p.m. You can follow Betsy's posts here. Here's the first Wild Card of the work week.
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin answers a question at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game today in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)
All 12 police officers who fired their weapons in a freeway shootout with a heavily armed suspect in Post Falls last summer were justified in their actions, a North Idaho prosecutor has found. Six Coeur d’Alene police officers, three Post Falls police officers, two Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and an Idaho State Police trooper exchanged gunfire with Marcus Rael (pictured) at an Interstate 90 overpass June 22. Rael, of Glendale, Arizona, shot at police first and exchanged fire with officers for about 75 seconds at the Spokane Street exit in Post Falls. The gun battle ended when Rael was wounded. No officers were injured. “All shots were fired at Rael to stop the threat he was posing by firing at officers,” Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney Louis Marshall said in a report released Monday through the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s office/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Bishop Brian Thom of the Episcopal Church of Idaho told the House State Affairs Committee, “People of faith disagree about the interpretation of the holy scriptures, both Christian and Hebrew.” He spoke out in favor of the bill. “The so-called references around homosexuality in scripture are ambiguous at best,” he said. “They take careful reading. They take contextual interpretation, as we’ve all done, all throughout history.” Thom said he’s concluded that homosexuality is “an innate, natural part of our humanity.” Americans will continue “having different opinions about faith in this democracy that we love,” he said. “People of faith are going to continue working this out”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. And: AM hearing coverage here.
A researcher demonstrates how to extract venom from a snake to vacationing school children during a special daily presentation that runs through summer break in Sao Paulo, Brazil. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Weekend Winner -- ThomG57, with 12 likes: "My wife told me that seeing Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader would be better than a sharp stick in the eye. She was wrong," and Runnerup, Sherlock, with 11 likes: "At the start of the new Congress, Harry Reid was asked what he wanted, and he replied, "I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!" You can see Weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
3 people were hurt, including a 3YO child when a GMC driven by Devin Bischoff, 25, of Rathdrum, veered off U.S. 95/MP 422.8 (near Kidd Island Road) and rolled, at 12:28 p.m. Bischoff and passenger Sheena Freeman, 27, of Rathdrum, were ejected from the vehicle. Raysyn Bischoff, 3, of Rathdrum, was restrained but not in a car seat. The crash closed the highway for 2 hours. ISP report here.
- 5:47 p.m. Teen-age female suffering psychological problem @ Costco/CdA.
- 5:38 p.m. Loose dogs running on road @ Honeysuckle Ave/Best Ave, CdA.
- 5:37 p.m. Female driver in older red car possibly DUI, now pulled into Cenex station, 15th St/Best Ave, CdA.
- 5:20 p.m. Someone injured in fall @ 500 block of E. Marina Court/Post Falls.
- 5:07 p.m. Airport officials and search crews find no evidence of crashed plane & call off search.
- 4:51 p.m. Resident on Steamboat Bend/Post Falls reports seeing jet go down near county airport & plume of smoke.
- 4:49 p.m. A possible wanted person is reported @ 1800 block of 10th St/CdA.
- 4:43 p.m. A dog is running loose @ 4600 block of W. Reeves St/CdA.
- 4:40 p.m. Rollover reported @ Fernan Hill Road/Sleepy Lane, unknown injuries.
- 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan 25-26 here.
- 3:31 p.m. Undisclosed medicat emergency @ 100 Anton Ave/CdA.
- 3:28 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 9800 block of Reed Road/CdA.
- 3:27 p.m. Dog running loose @ Wheatfield Drive/Harvest Moon Ave, CdA.
- 3:26 p.m. Someone may have had stroke in 900 block of Appleway/CdA.
- 3:07 p.m. Someone is unconscious & possibly not breathing on Egbers St/Rathdrum.
- 2:59 p.m. Trauma reported from blocking crash @ 7th St/Lakeside Ave, CdA.
- 2:49 p.m. Elderly female in wheelchair spilled hot coffee on lap & badly burned herself, unknown location.
- 2:48 p.m. Battery reported at Post Falls Middle School.
- 2:21 p.m. Ambulance needed to transport patient from Kootenai Health to Hospice House.
- 2:05 p.m. Animal control captures loose dog @ Prairie Ave/Greensferry Road, Post Falls.
- 2:01 p.m. CPD officer stopping to check out 2 males on Kathleen Ave, north of Player Drive, CdA.
- 1:32 p.m. Dalton Elementary, Dalton Ave/Mount Carroll, is conducting a fire drill.
- 1:26 p.m. A small child has been found wandering with a dog @ 12th St/Davis Ave, CdA.
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