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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public schools chief is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, revealing her own budget proposal for the first time since taking office. Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra plans would have Idaho's public school funding increase by nearly $110.4 million more than what lawmakers allocated this year. The proposal is under review.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top prison official says the state will no longer house inmates in so-called dry cells — a type of cell without beds, sinks or toilets — and that all other segregated housing in the state's prisons is under review. The announcement comes in the wake of criticism raised in a long-running lawsuit by a mental health expert and inmates. They contended that the Correction Department's use of the dry cells to control inmates who were actively trying to hurt themselves or others was barbaric and inhumane.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews are aggressively working to prevent flames from expanding in west-central Idaho, where a wildfire has already burned 143 square miles of dry timber. More than 900 firefighters are battling the blaze that is only 30 percent contained. Idaho currently has 17 large fires, the most in the nation.
POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Lottery Commission has revoked a northern Idaho senior center's charitable bingo license over alleged record-keeping violations. The Coeur D'Alene Press reports the revocation order for the Post Falls Senior Center follows a six-month probation period. The senior center's chairman of the board says the problems are a result of miscommunication and clerical errors and not the misappropriation of funds.
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