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Local News 10/20/23

A legal bill is growing as the State Board of education defends itself in an ongoing open meetings lawsuit. The State Board’s attorney has submitted $81,018.97 in invoices. The bills are part of the legal showdown over U of I’s plan to purchase the University of Phoenix. Attorney General Raúl Labrador filed a lawsuit, saying the State Board violated the law by discussing the $685 million purchase during a series of closed-door executive sessions.


With the treatment completed for now on the Snake River, that hopefully will eradicate the Quagga Mussel officials are opening more areas for access. Centennial Park reopens this morning. Access to the river is still closed. On Monday morning access to Murtaugh Lake, Salmon Falls dam and Cedar Creek Reservoir will reopen. The hot wash station at the Visitor's Center is still open for any watercraft and gear that was in the affected area of the Snake within 30 days of the discovery of the mussels.


A settlement has been reached in a mortgage transaction case that impacted some 480,000 end-users. The Idaho Department of Finance and 43 other state agencies announced that settlements were reached with ACI Payments over erroneous electronic transactions totaling $2.3 billion. According to the Idaho Department of Finance, violations occurred when ACI erroneously used live customer data in a test of its transaction platform, which caused multiple mortgage payments from customer accounts.


Former Boise School District principal Christopher Ryan formally plead not guilty to a felony charge of Injury to Child. Prosecutors argue that while in his role as principal, Ryan allowed a 13 year-old girl to be alone with an adult male while the adult male was behaving in a way that was inappropriate and unlawful toward the child. A trial is set for February 20th of next year.


A fire burning on the Minidoka ranger district continues to burn as crews allow brush burn. Fire managers and crews intend to treat the area during the entire weekend while conditions allow. Additionally, crews will continue structure protection efforts and plan to burn the remaining slash piles near the Magic Mountain ski area.


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