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NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A former Nampa Spanish teacher has been accused of having sex with one of his students. The Idaho Statesman reports that 28-year-old Thomas Fisher is charged with felony sexual battery of a 16- or 17-year-old girl and was arraigned yesterday. A probable cause affidavit says Fisher told police that he had sex with the girl two or three times a week for about a month and a half last spring.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016. In her plan, Idaho's public school funding would bump up $110 million more than what lawmakers allocated this year. Ybarra's proposal now goes before Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, legislative leadership and other stakeholders for review. Come January, Otter will present his own education budget before the Idaho Legislature convenes.
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 follows criticism raised in a long-running lawsuit by a mental health expert and inmates.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating a recent incident at a plant that makes radioactive products in Idaho Falls. The Post Register reports that a technician at International Isotopes on Aug. 20 was exposed to a radiation dose above the amount of exposure radiation workers are allowed to have in one year. The worker did not have any immediate adverse health effects, but was sent to a local hospital for blood tests and has since returned to work.
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