Thursday, June 26, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Idaho Falls to get new mental health crisis center and more SCOTUS rulings

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 8:19 AM


Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to announce today that Idaho Falls will receive a new Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center, which some hoped Coeur d'Alene would receive. The centers can reduce encounters between people with mental illness and police because they provide "wraparound" services to help keep people stabilized on treatment and medication. Lawmakers have approved three centers for the state, but only funded one. We've written about the state of mental health care in Idaho here and the need for a crisis center in North Idaho here. (CdA Press/Inlander)

A man who admitted to murder now wants to take it back. (KXLY)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on protections for the dwindling population of South Selkirk caribou. (SR)

Coeur d'Alene is getting ready for Ironman. (KREM)


More Supreme Court rulings: SCOTUS has struck down appointments President Obama made while Congress was on a break. The court also ruled against protest-free "buffer zones" Massachusetts tried to establish around abortion clinics. (LAT)

New York City lost its final appeal to reinstate its limits on the sale of giant sodas, which two lower courts had already ruled against. (NYT)

Immigration reform is dead, say lawmakers on both sides. (WaPo)

Corporations that contributed millions of dollars to the Chris Christie-led Republican Governors Association and other Republican groups have received nearly $1.25 billion from his New Jersey administration. (The Guardian)

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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...