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Local News 12/14/23

Idaho's longest-serving death row inmate, Thomas Creech, seeks a district court hearing for his case. After 40 years on death row, Creech's legal team argues for a jury, not a judge, to decide his fate. His execution was delayed after a clemency hearing was granted, scheduled for January 19th.

Intermountain Packing in Idaho Falls laid off more than 100 employees this week. In response, the Idaho Department of Labor arranged for more employers at their bi-monthly job fair.  The department said they are doing its best to help the unemployed have a quick turnaround in the job force.

The state police along with over 50 law enforcement agencies have begun aggressively searching the roads for drivers who are impaired.  Police say this will continue through New Year’s Day. 

A special meeting was called last night for the North Idaho College Board members.  There was just one key item on the agenda. It states new business with action to grant authority to the board chair to direct litigation at the request of council.  In President Nick Swaynes lawsuit against North Idaho College, he is asking the court to compel the college to turn over an investigative report that has been at the center of debate amongst the board of trustees.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said the historic transportation funding investments continue to improve roads at the local level and defray local property taxes.  Forty-eight transportation projects, many of them ready for construction in 2024, received grants this week as part of the Strategic Initiatives Program. The program directs $100 million to help local jurisdictions. 

Work began yesterday to widen the final mile of Highway 93 between Jerome and Twin Falls.  Drivers will see minor delays with the majority of the work starting sometime in January.  Construction will expand US-93 to four lanes between 200 South Road and 400 South Road. Other changes include reconstructing the railroad crossing, widening highway shoulders and building turn lanes at 300 South Road and other business developments.

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