[Morning Briefs] Meth Parenting and A New State Law

25 Jan

I like that the mug shots show them looking off into the distance, like they're really thinking hard about what they've done. Or maybe they're just high in the picture. Who knows?

The economy is in pretty bad shape, we all know that. But parents of young children, please don’t cook meth/expose your kid to meth to make a few bucks/get high. It’s not cool, OK? If you really have it so bad and want to do something about it, petition your government! Just don’t stay too long, or they’ll create laws to kick you out.

  • A Power County Couple was arrested on felony charges of child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance, after they called 911 for their unresponsive toddler. Jim Norton and Liz Martinez were probably worried sick about their 2-year-old son, but they probably should have been worried about him much sooner. The boy was rushed to the Portneuf Medical Center, then airlifted to the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he spent a week in intensive care recovering from what appeared to be a prescription drug overdose. That’s not all—he also tested positive for meth. Police naturally secured a search warrant for the couple’s house and made the arrests accordingly. [LN8]
  • Idaho Falls’ District 91 is asking voters to pass a $53 million bond to replace four of its oldest elementary schools and upgrade science facilities at two high schools. To pay for the bond, the average homeowner would pay less than $7 a month, something that could nonetheless be a hard pill to swallow for many. The bond election will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. District 91 needs a two-thirds majority to pass the bond. [KPVI]
  • Idaho’s House State Affairs Committee approved the so-called Anti-Occupy bill yesterday, with a 13-5 vote. The bill, if passed by the state house and senate, would bar anybody from camping on the grounds of the old Ada County Courthouse—where the Occupy Boise protesters have been camping for months now. State lawmakers have already said that if and when the measure passes completely, they will start posting notices at the courthouse immediately, telling people they have a matter of days to pack up and leave. The protesters have been camping at the courthouse because of a Boise ordinance that bars them from camping on city property. [BW]
  • President Obama highlighted his support of the middle class in his annual State of the Union address last night, pitching his support to eliminate tax breaks for companies who outsource jobs to foreign countries and a higher tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. He called for an economy where “everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” While most of the hour-long speech was dedicated to the economy, he also made sure to tout the killing of Osama bin Laden. Because really, why wouldn’t you? [WP]

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