NJ Gov. Christie stumps for Otter in N. Idaho
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for a third term at a Republican party campaign fundraising event in northern Idaho.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the event at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on Friday evening drew about 350 people to hear Christie talk about the Republican Party and why Idaho should re-elect Otter.
Christie says he came to Idaho to make sure no one doubts he backs Otter.
Otter has not officially announced he's seeking a third term, but he's hired a campaign manager.
Christie says the two governors became friends when he joined the Republican Governor's Association that Christie now chairs.
The New Jersey governor easily won re-election in November, but has downplayed his front-runner status for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
1 dead in E. Idaho apartment fire
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Falls Fire Department says one person died in an apartment fire Saturday morning.
Fire officials tell KIFI-TV that crews responded about 7 a.m.
Fire officials say the person who died was in the apartment that caught fire. Other people had to be evacuated because of smoke.
Fire officials didn't give a cause for the fire or an estimate on the amount of damage.
FOOD AND FARM-APPLES FROM CHINA
China seeking to export apples to US
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop, are OK with it.
It may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should able to get a foothold in a lucrative and growing market.
The Chinese consume most of their nation's apple harvest and the expanding market there is particularly attractive to growers in the Northwest, who depend on foreign sales because the U.S. already produces more apples than Americans can eat.
The U.S. Apple Association, a trade group, worries Chinese imports could come with invasive pests that might damage American orchards. But Chinese agricultural officials dismiss that concern.
Farm bureau approves plan to raise brand fees
SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Farm Bureau Federation members have passed a proposal to raise the state brand renewal fee by $25 so Idaho Wildlife Services will have more money to control wolves.
The Capital Press reports the farm bureau acted Thursday at its 74th annual meeting. Brands in Idaho are renewed every five years.
Idaho Wildlife Services has seen its budget cut by about $750,000 since 2010, mostly because of federal budget cuts.
The agency says the state this year has had 77 confirmed or probable wolf kills of cattle and 565 sheep kills.
The agency says the number of confirmed or probable wolf depredations so far in 2013 decreased 26 percent from 2011.
Officials say the minimum estimated wolf population peaked in 2009 at 856, and has gradually decreased to 683.
SCIENCE CLASS COMPLAINTS
Commission takes no action against science teacher
DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) - The state's Professional Standards Commission has decided to take no action against a south-central Idaho science teacher following complaints by parents about a sex education class.
Idaho Department of Education Spokeswoman Melissa McGrath tells The Times-News in a story on Friday that the commission determined there aren't sufficient grounds to pursue disciplinary measures against Tim McDaniel.
The parents filed a complaint with the commission in March contending McDaniel was sharing student information, teaching different forms of birth control and promoting a political candidate on school grounds.
McDaniel says he taught material from a school-approved biology textbook for 17 years and the complaints filed in March were the first against him.
However, McDaniel says he's not teaching about the human reproductive system in his biology class this year.
No. 25 Iowa rolls over Idaho State 95-47
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Melissa Dixon scored 24 points, Bethany Doolittle 17 and No. 25 Iowa sank a record 17 3-pointers in a 95-47 defeat of Idaho State Saturday afternoon.
Iowa, on a six-game win streak, move to 10-1, its best start in three seasons (12-1, 2010-11).
Dixon and Doolittle set the tone from the start, when Dixon missed a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game and Doolittle rebounded and hit a jumper. Theairra Taylor added 16 points. Doolittle 10 had rebounds, Dixon hit 6 of 11 3-pointers.
The Bengals (2-5, 0-5 on the road) led 6-5 on a 3-pointer from Lindsey Reed but Iowa took the lead right back and marched away on a 10-1 run and never trailed again.
Reed finished with 9 points on 3-for-10 3-point shooting for Idaho State and Rebecca Schrimpsher had a team-high 11. The Bengals hit just 14 of 65 shots.
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