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Explosive materials ignite in Leander home; charges pending

A Leander man was taken to a hospital Sunday after his homemade explosives ignited, Leander police said.

Steven Aldrich, 60, called 911 after he was injured from the explosion around 7:20 p.m. Sunday. Police also evacuated nearby homes.

Aldrich was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with injuries not expected to be life-threatening after police found him at his home on the 700 block of Newcastle Lane.

“Basically what he was doing was making material that could explode, but he was not making any bomb,” said Leander police spokesman Billy Fletcher. “It was an explosive substance that he was dealing with.”

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20181125/explosive-materials-ignite-in-leander-home-charges-pending

East Idaho sheriff's deputy shoots boy during traffic stop

CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho authorities say a Bannock County sheriff's deputy shot a boy during a traffic stop, and that an 18-year-old man has been taken into custody.

Authorities say the shooting occurred at about 9 p.m. Friday in Chubbuck near Ellis Elementary School.

The Bannock County Sheriff's Office says the boy was a passenger in the vehicle driven by the 18-year-old. Names haven't been released.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the boy was taken to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. His condition hasn't been released.

Read more: https://magicvalley.com/news/state-and-regional/e-idaho-sheriff-s-deputy-shoots-boy-during-traffic-stop/article_9c6eda05-2633-588f-a5e4-6b7caf5b44bb.html

Conductors sue railroad, allege responsibility for illness

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Two rail conductors who formerly worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are suing the train company in Idaho state court, claiming they became ill after being exposed to dangerous materials on the job.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports John Hluboky and Hal Chapman filed the lawsuit in First District Court alleging that the BNSF Railroad is responsible for their cancer and related illnesses.

Both men were stationed in Hauser for several years, and both now live in Spokane, Washington.

According to the lawsuit, Hluboky has colon cancer and Chapman has kidney cancer, and the men say the railroad was negligent when it allowed them to be exposed to diesel fuel and exhaust, benzene, creosote, silica dust, asbestos and other harmful materials on the job.

Read more: https://magicvalley.com/news/state-and-regional/conductors-sue-railroad-allege-responsibility-for-illness/article_dcf3a04e-cb78-575e-95d4-89aaaa17fe03.html

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Idaho Freedom Foundation asks Supreme Court to block Medicaid expansion

The conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation is suing the state over Medicaid expansion, asking the Idaho Supreme Court to block the voter-approved law.

The IFF has been the most vocal opponent of expanding Medicaid to cover low-income and childless adults in Idaho. The group filed its petition to the state’s highest court Wednesday, exactly two weeks after announcing plans to challenge the measure.

The plaintiff named in the lawsuit is Brent Regan, an IFF board member who lives in Kootenai County.

“Tuesday’s vote was not the last word on the subject,” Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman said in a press release the day after Medicaid expansion passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. “In addition to being terrible public policy, Proposition 2 is poorly worded and likely unconstitutional. We will soon announce our next steps to protect Idaho taxpayers and future generations of Americans by preventing Proposition 2 from taking effect.”

Read more: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article222041480.html

Battle over Idaho's abortion reporting law awaits ruling

BOISE, IDAHO -- The battle over a new law that creates a list of what lawmakers deem to be complications of abortion and requires health professionals to report when they occurred now awaits a judgment from a federal appeals court.

A federal lawsuit against the state of Idaho over the law, which went into effect on July 1, has been put on hold while the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a judge’s ruling rejecting a preliminary injunction against the legislation.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye on Wednesday granted the stay at the request of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and Idaho officials.

Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit in July against the Abortion Complications Reporting Act contending the reporting rules are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care. The lawsuit contends that Idaho’s law arbitrarily singles out just one medical procedure for the reporting requirement and that the law doesn’t do enough to protect women’s private medical information from being released to the public.

Read more: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article222091855.html

Out-of-hospital births twice as deadly, GateHouse investigation finds

In the spring of 2013, Amanda Garbacz was on top of the world. A standout student, she had recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a civil engineering degree and become engaged to another engineer. Now she was about to become a new mother.

The previous fall, Amanda, then 23, learned she was pregnant. Her early prenatal checkups showed her to be in generally sound health, but raised several concerns. She had seen a cardiologist for a rapid heartbeat and arm numbness. In October, an obstetrician also had noted her asthma and labeled her pregnancy “high-risk.”

Looking to save money and be closer to family, in early 2013 the young couple moved from Arkansas to the East Texas town of Wake Village, just west of Texarkana. Unable to find a local obstetrician she could afford, in February 2013, she signed a contract with Alternative Birth Choices, a local midwifery practice.

Licensed briefly in Arkansas, Lindsey Cooper had moved to Texas several years earlier. After starting formal midwife training, records show she interrupted her studies when she was recalled to active duty for the U.S. Army National Guard. Cooper over the next several years self-studied and apprenticed with other midwives.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20181124/out-of-hospital-births-twice-as-deadly-gatehouse-investigation-finds

'Being Black, I'm presumed guilty': Dallas shopper posts handcuffing video after being accused of

'Being Black, I'm presumed guilty': Dallas shopper posts handcuffing video after being accused of stealing at Stonebriar

Ro Lockett thought the woman who complimented his children while in Finish Line and then wound up behind him at a T-Mobile store in Frisco's Stonebriar Centre was trying to hit on him.

He quickly discovered that the woman — a Finish Line employee — was scoping him out for a different reason earlier this week: She thought he was a thief. A Frisco police officer was waiting to handcuff Lockett and a friend when they left another sporting goods store.

"I'm just a dad out with his kids, buying things for them from several stores," said Lockett, 28. "And all of a sudden I'm in handcuffs."

Lockett, who is black, and his friend, Brandon Kibart, who is white, were suspected of shoplifting about $600 worth of items from Finish Line on Wednesday, according to a Frisco police report.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/frisco/2018/11/24/dallas-shopper-irate-after-handcuffed-wrongly-accused-stealing-friscos-stonebriar-centre

Las Vegas officials want OK to raise fees to pay for homeless services

Las Vegas officials want to increase the amount of money the city can direct to homeless services — but they need a big OK from the state Legislature to make that happen.

City officials will ask state lawmakers early next year to increase the regional property sale tax and city fees. It’s estimated the revenue would bring in an extra $20 million.

At a meeting last month, the council agreed that there isn’t enough money to address the growing issue of homelessness in Southern Nevada: An annual census conducted in January counted more than 6,000 homeless people in Clark County.

A presentation at the meeting identified that more than 75 percent of homeless people lived in Southern Nevada “before they lost their housing.”

Read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/las-vegas/las-vegas-officials-want-ok-to-raise-fees-to-pay-for-homeless-services-1534226/

Democrats have Assembly supermajority; just short in Senate (for now)

LAS VEGAS — Final but unofficial election results from Clark County show that Democrats will have a supermajority in the state Assembly next year but have fallen 24 votes short in one race that's keeping them from a supermajority in the state Senate.

The Clark County Commission voted to canvass the county's final results Wednesday.

Statewide, Democrats came out of last week's election with 29 of 42 seats in the state Assembly and 13 of 21 seats in the state Senate. Wednesday's results show an additional Senate race was won by Republican Keith Pickard by 24 votes. His Democratic challenger, Julie Pazina, has said she intends to seek a recount.

If the recount flips the race for Pazina, it would give Democrats a supermajority in both chambers.

Statewide official results will be released Nov. 27.

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