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Local News 11/14/23

Convicted murderer Lori Vallow Daybell, continues to sit in an eastern Idaho women’s prison while the court prepares court transcripts of her trial that must be filed by January 12, 2024, as part of her sentencing appeal. That means her extradition to Arizona to stand trial has been put on hold.

In a fitting reflection of the holiday, the roads and airports will be pretty stuffed over Thanksgiving weekend. According to AAA, 55.4 million Americans, including nearly 314,000 Idahoans, will journey 50 miles or more for turkey and all the trimmings 1.3 million travelers more than a year ago. The Thanksgiving travel period is defined as Wednesday to Sunday.

An open meetings lawsuit will continue to loom over the proposed University of Phoenix purchase possibly for several more months. A judge has ordered a trial in the case to settle one legal issue: Was the University of Idaho in competition with other bidders as it pursued the $685 million Phoenix purchase?

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy who was arrested in August on contempt of court charges has a new warrant out for his arrest after skipping the first day of his court trial. The trial, set to start yesterday, would have focused on contempt of court charges requested by private attorneys representing St. Luke’s Health and several medical professionals, who were awarded a combined $52 million in damages this year after suing Bundy, associate Diego Rodriguez and groups linked to them.

One of the people police believe was involved in the disappearance of Michael Vaughan was released from federal custody. Stacey Wondra was sentenced to 21 months after pleading guilty to the unlawful possession of a firearm. The charge was unrelated to the disappearance of Michael Vaughan; Police had previously thought Wondra might have been involved. This week marks one year since Fruitland police dug in the Wondras' backyard searching for remains.

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