Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. MDT

By The Associated Press | Updated - Mar. 19, 2020 at 8:40 a.m. | Posted - Mar. 19, 2020 at 1:40 a.m.



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison in connection with a Boise rape six years ago. Fifty-eight-year-old Reginald Burley was found guilty of one count of felony rape by a jury in January. Prosecutors said Burley attacked a woman at her Boise home in 2014, but the victim was able to escape after the attack and notify police. On Tuesday, Idaho District Judge Patrick Miller sentenced Burley to life in prison but said he would be eligible for parole after serving at least 30 years.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under legislation heading to the governor. The Senate on Wednesday voted 31-1 to approve the measure that has no limit for economic damages. The measure follows a whistleblower lawsuit the State Police settled in 2019 for $1.29 million. In that case, a whistleblower claimed police retaliated against him because he testified against another officer in a court hearing. Backers of the legislation say the limits on non-economic damages protect Idaho taxpayers. Opponents say the limit is too low and won't dissuade bad supervisors from retaliating.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted is headed to the governor's desk. The House voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the amended measure from the Senate that would pay $60,000 a year for wrongful incarceration and $75,000 per year on death row. Backers say the state needs to take responsibility when an innocent person is incarcerated. Idaho is one of 15 states that doesn't compensate people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit. Idaho has several notable cases, including Christopher Tapp, who spent 20 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him of the rape and murder of Angie Dodge.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation sought by pesticide-spraying crop dusters that underwent significant amending to put in protections for people on the ground is heading to the governor's desk. The House unanimously approved the amended version on Wednesday. The legislation follows an incident last year where about 20 farmworkers in southwestern Idaho said they became sick after a crop duster sprayed pesticide on a field right next to them. Crop-dusting groups say that current state law is unclear and onerous. The amended legislation approved by the Senate earlier Wednesday keeps language that would hold crop-dusters responsible for carelessly spraying pesticides, and bars the use of ineffective or inappropriate pesticides.

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