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Local News 12/12/23

The Idaho Supreme Court will consider whether two laws that regulate acceptable voter identification for registration and at the polls effectively deny the fundamental right to vote for some people.  During a hearing yesterday, an attorney for the group Babe Vote and the League of Women Voters of Idaho argued that the laws do heavily restrict this right, especially for young people and older voters or others who don’t have a current Idaho driver’s license.

26 year old Tyler George Morgan was sentenced after pleading guilty to recording his roommates with secret cameras.  He faces at least two years, possibly 4 years in prison.  Morgan will complete a rider treatment program, pay a 25 hundred court bill but will not need to register as a sex offender.  He was a student at BYU Idaho.  The incident was investigated by Rexburg police. 

Traveling the highways this year will see an increase in cars.  According to AAA, 115.2 million travelers, including 660,000 Idahoans, will take a year-end vacation – nearly 2.5 million more people on the roads and in the skies than a year ago.

Following an investigation by Twin Falls Police, the woman who is suspected in being involved in a double murder at the Tint Shop could be facing more drug charges.  Authorities searched the womans home last week where drugs were found.  40 year old Angelica Martinez was not at the home at the time of the search.  She was apprehended in Phoenix and charged with aiding and abetting murder along with two felony counts of possessing meth and cocaine. 

Residents may see low-flying helicopters during big game survey work.  Over the next several weeks wildlife biologists from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be flying mule deer surveys across many of the region’s game management units.

Superintendent of Idaho Schools Debbie Critchfield believes rural communities are highly interested in increasing workforce-ready career technical programs for their students, so she wasn’t surprised by the “sheer demand” of grant applications.  Thirty-two of 35 proposals went to rural schools, which accounts for a little more than three-fourths of the money awarded so far.

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