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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2014 at 1:31 a.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to provide financial relief for Idahoans who successfully fight the government's seizure of their land under eminent domain is headed to the Senate floor. Under the bill proposed by Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, the government agency that changes the terms of the land seizure or ends the litigation would be on the hook for the landowner's court costs. Lawmakers are seeking to add an amendment mandating the state pay in a reasonable amount of time.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A Coeur d'Alene man will spend at least 25 years in prison for sexually abusing two children. The Spokesman-Review reports that 32-year-old Justin Wheeler was sentenced Monday in Kootenai County District Court. The sentence could potentially keep him behind bars for the rest of his life.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ada County officials have released the name of a 43-year-old Emmett woman who died after her car struck a horse on Idaho Highway 16 northwest of Boise. The coroner says Alma Sanchez died Monday morning of a head injury. Two passengers in her car were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Twenty-three gay rights activists have been arrested after blocking the entrance to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office inside the Idaho Statehouse. This is the latest in a string of arrests related to protests over attempts to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law. Activists have held multiple silent protests in the Capitol this year, leading to more than 140 arrests.

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