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Local News 1/15/24

Gov. Brad Little asked lawmakers to do something they and their predecessors have staunchly refused to do for decades, which sets the stage for a political showdown.  Little wants the state to pay for school facilities — a responsibility currently carried on the shoulders of local property owners.  Lawmakers have their own pet project: school choice. Momentum is gaining to use public moneys for private schools.  House Speaker Mike Moyle said he believes there is room in the budget for both. But if either passes it would be unprecedented in Idaho.

The Idaho Lottery says one of the Idaho two million dollar winners have stepped forward.  Long time McCall resident Andrew Nachman picked up his check.  The other winning million dollar ticket was sold in Benewah County and has not been claimed.  The winning number is 091588.

It’s something that hasn’t happened in nearly a year – today, Idaho’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is the same as the national average.  Both are currently at $3.07 per gallon, with the Gem State just a third of a penny more expensive.  Idaho’s average price is about seven cents less than a week ago, 35 cents less than a month ago, and 31 cents less than a year ago.

The Idaho murders autopsy report of the four University of Idaho students revealed that they suffered multiple stab wounds from a large knife.  A more recent report confirms that Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the Idaho murders, allegedly used a military-style knife for the killings. Authorities are yet to find this knife. However, they used DNA, among other evidence, to link Kohberger to the crime. Meanwhile the judge has ordered prosecutors to turn over some of that evidence to the defendant.

Chad Daybell's attorney wants to withdraw from the case after more than three years of working with the defendant.  Daybell is facing three counts of first-degree murder.  Attorney John Prior said that Daybell was found indigent by the court and doesn't have the ability to pay for counsel's continued services. 


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