(AP) – The state Department of Labor says long-term unemployment benefits in Idaho will expire after Dec. 31, though some jobless workers will be cut off sooner depending on when they started receiving the federal assistance. Agency spokesman Bob Fick says the jobless benefits are being scaled back because Idaho’s jobless rate is improving and a new federal law is phasing out emergency assistance for long-term unemployed workers.
With the construction of the Chobani yogurt factory well under way, the Twin Falls City Council will consider a proposal tonight to annex the property on which the new facility is being built. Right now the property is still outside the city limits and therefore the city of Twin Falls cannot collect city taxes.
Saturday afternoon, family, friends and a community remembered Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Brown, a Jerome soldier killed by enemy explosives in Afghanistan two weeks ago. Over a thousand people gathered with them for his funeral service at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Brown was killed 10 months into deployment.
A Twin Falls man could spend some time in prison after being found guilty on 10 counts of child sex crimes. 34 year old Aaron Frandsen was first indicted by a Twin Falls grand jury in December of last year after being accused of raping a female relative.
A Twin Falls woman has been charged with one count of grand theft after being accused of stealing money while employed as a teller at a Wells Fargo Bank Branch. 20 year old Krystyn Whittemore was arraigned yesterday. Twin Falls police began investigating the case last month after receiving information about the alleged thefts.
National Guard members are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan as part of a Blackhawk helicopter crew that will support Operation Enduring Freedom. According to Natl. Guard Spokesman Col. Tim Marsano, the citizen soldiers are from the Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion based at Gowen Field in Boise.
(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.
(AP) – Bruce Willis says he’s willing to give away his central Idaho ski resort to a nonprofit organization.The action star has already put his lavish home in nearby Hailey on the market, as well as the local bar he owns, for a combined $19 million.
If you a re doing a lot of sniffling and sneezing you are not alone? It might be because of allergy season. It is here and this year it came a little early. Dr. Stephen Fritz, an allergist, says because of our mild winter allergy season hit a few weeks early.
(AP) – Officials in south-central Idaho say a 10-year-old boy has died after playing the “choking game.” Lincoln County officials say Austin Rasmussen of Dietrich died late Saturday afternoon from self-inflicted strangulation after playing a choking game alone at his house...
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