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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho contends that the federal government cannot force Idaho to change its definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The conservative council rejected the idea that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act required Idaho to permit same-sex marriage or recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House Judiciary and Rules Committee has passed a bill to create a public defense commission that will make rules and implement training for public defenders. Legal experts have warned that Idaho's public defense system is likely unconstitutional, citing high case loads and low funding for contract public defenders. The executive director of the ACLU says the bill isn't enough to protect Idaho from a lawsuit.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is officially running for a third term. The former congressman filed his declaration of candidacy yesterday. He faces a primary challenge from state Sen. Russ Fulcher, a conservative lawmaker from Meridian. Running as a Democrat is Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials have closed Interstate 90 from St. Regis to the Idaho state line because of the threat of an avalanche. A Montana Department of Transportation spokesman tells the Missoulian six small avalanches covered portions of I-90 yesterday. Crews cleared those slides, but there are more cracks in the snow on the mountainsides above the roadway.

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