LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she'll ask the Legislature for a $101 million increase to the public schools budget next year. The Lewiston Tribune reports Ybarra made the announcement during a presentation to the Idaho State Board of Education on Wednesday. If approved, the request would account for a 5.3% increase over the current year's appropriations, bringing the general education budget for K-12 to just under $2 billion.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities say a Boise police officer has been arrested and charged with felony rape. Eric Simunich, 43, turned himself in on Wednesday. Court records do not show if he has obtained an attorney, and he has not yet entered a plea. The Boise Police Department says Simunich has been suspended from duty and the alleged crime occurred while he was off duty.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals has put a halt to the state's ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued Thursday appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon Health Authority. It leaves the ban in place on marijuana vaping products regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state.