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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's legislative budget writers have approved a 5 percent increase in state education spending, including a 1 percent boost for teacher salaries. The $1.7 billion package represents a spending of just over 5 percent, far more than the 2.9 percent increase recommended by Gov. Butch Otter. But it's a little less than State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna's requested increase.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The ACLU of Idaho says lawmaker attempts to fix Idaho's public defender system don't go far enough. The House Judiciary and Rules Committee yesterday passed a bill that supporters say isn't the final solution, but is a good start in getting Idaho's public defense system back on track. But the ACLU says the bill isn't enough to protect Idaho from a lawsuit.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative group is defending Idaho's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In a court filing, the Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho contends that the Supreme Court case narrowly involved the issuance of federal benefits to same-sex couples.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Butch Otter is officially running for a third term. Otter filed his declaration of candidacy yesterday with the Secretary of State's Office, which was widely expected. He faces a primary challenge from state Sen. Russ Fulcher, a conservative from Meridian. Running as a Democrat is Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff.

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