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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returning to a military courtroom in North Carolina today as he faces charges stemming from walking off his Army outpost in Afghanistan. An Army judge is holding a pre-trial hearing ahead of an expected court-martial this summer on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The Idaho soldier was held by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan and freed in a prisoner exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Democratic legislative leaders are criticizing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed budget plan, arguing that a 7.9 percent increase in education funding proposed by the Republican governor is insufficient to meet the needs of the 2016 economy. Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett and House Minority Assistant Leader Mat Erpelding also vowed that they would introduce legislation to raise minimum wage and to introduce a proposal for Medicaid expansion in the 2016 session.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of killing his father and younger brother in Coeur d'Alene is getting underway. The Spokesman-Review reports that Eldon Gale Samuel III is being charged as an adult in the killing of his father Eldon Samuel Jr. and his 13-year-old brother Jonathan Samuel on March 24, 2014.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's regulations for trapping furbearers in northern Idaho violate the Endangered Species Act by allowing the occasional capture of federally protected Canada lynx. The decision requires Idaho within 90 days to propose a plan that protects lynx in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions. The Idaho Department of Fish and game says it's reviewing the ruling.
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