Idaho slashes substance abuse treatment, surprised by ‘extreme budget shortfall’

Idaho substance abuse providers said the recent cuts affect anywhere from 33 to 80 percent of their prospective clients. Getty Images

Idaho’s state health agency has dramatically cut its spending on substance abuse treatment, due to a budget shortfall that took officials by surprise last fall.

District 25 eliminates school-of-choice policy

The School District 25 Board of Trustees held a meeting Wednesday night at Pocatello High school during which they eliminated a decades-old school-of-choice policy. The board eventually decided to table its decision on school boundary changes until a later date. Shelbie Harris / Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — A unanimous decision by the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees on Wednesday eliminated a 2-decade-old policy that allowed students to choose what high school they wanted to attend.

Otter, Little tout health care order

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter poses for a portrait on Wednesday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Walking down the green-carpeted hallways of Mountain View Hospital, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter toured the facilities before holding a news conference to tout his executive order to let health insurance companies sell cheaper plans that don’t comply with all the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

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