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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 9:42 p.m.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A key state senator is backing legislation urging Congress to turn Idaho's Crater of the Moon National Monument into a national park. Sen. Jeff Siddoway, chairman of the influential Senate State Affairs Committee, introduced his proposal to legislative leaders on Wednesday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate has killed a proposal calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government spending power. With Republicans controlling the majority of state legislatures across the country, Idaho had become a prime target to become the 30th state to call for a convention of states to propose a federal balanced budget requirement. The Senate voted 24-11 Wednesday to kill the bill.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — All emails, texts and other communications between members of the Idaho Legislature would be considered private and blocked from public disclosure under a newly introduced proposal. The measure would create a massive change to the Idaho Public Records Act by shielding most of the communications Idaho lawmakers have with fellow legislative members, constituents and legislative staff.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The investigation into the sexual assault of a disabled black football player by his white teammates at an Idaho high school showed that crucial evidence was collected by school employees, not law enforcement officials. The case unfolded in the tiny farm town of Dietrich. An Associated Press review of 2,000 pages of investigation documents found that school officials did not immediately report the crime. Instead, the superintendent began interviewing the suspects and potential witnesses.

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