Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc. A Northwest native, Jessica grew up in an off-the-grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Government and Politics
3:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Idaho Senate Passes Bill To Make Presidential Primary Earlier In Campaign Cycle

The Idaho State Capitol in Boise
Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

A bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primaries up two months, into March, passed the state Senate Tuesday.

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Religion and Spirituality
3:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Hindu Prayer Opens Idaho Senate Despite Objections From Some Republicans

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada, delivered the opening prayer at the Idaho Senate Tuesday.
Rajan Zed

The Idaho Senate began with a Hindu prayer today, delivered in English and Sanskrit by guest chaplain Rajan Zed.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:05 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce Minimum Wage Bill, But Indicate It’s Headed Nowhere

A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

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Transportation
3:34 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Bill To Write Uber-Style Services Into Law

View from the backseat of an Uber ride. Idaho lawmakers will consider a bill to write Uber-style services into state law.
Alexander Torrenegra Wikimedia

A panel in the Idaho House agreed to introduce legislation Thursday that would define ride-sharing services like Uber in state law -- and trump local efforts to regulate them.

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Education and Training
3:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Teachers Would Be Expected To Step In Under Idaho Bullying Bill

Idaho teachers would receive training in how to deal with bullies and be expected to intervene under a bipartisan bill in the state legislature.
Diego Grez Wikimedia

A bipartisan bill in the Idaho legislature would train teachers to deal with bullying and require them to intervene when they see it happen.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Idaho Lawmaker Wants National System For GMO Labels

File photo. A a resolution in the Idaho House calls for a voluntary, uniform GMO labeling program through the FDA.
Stephen D. Melkisethian Flickr

An Idaho lawmaker and farmer said the state should press the federal government to establish a national labeling system for genetically engineered foods -- before states create their own.

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Health and Medicine
2:49 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Backers Of Idaho Abortion Bill Say 'Webcam Abortions' Pose Danger To Women

Dr. Julie Madsen testifies against a bill on abortion medication at the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Idaho lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would set legal requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing medication.

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Government and Politics
4:05 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Showdown Looming Between Northwest States, Feds Over Driver's Licenses

In 2016, state-issued IDs must meet heightened security standards to board a commercial flight.
Washington Department of Licensing

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are trying to figure out how to keep their state driver’s licenses from becoming obsolete in the eyes of the federal government.

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Transportation
3:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Sponsor Of Idaho Gas Tax Hike Says It's An 'Ugly Plan' Meant To Start Talks

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Republican lawmakers in Idaho said there’s still a long road ahead to agreeing on a plan to fix roads and bridges.

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Education and Training
8:16 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Idaho Bill Would Let Parents Opt Kids Out Of Standardized Test Requirement

Melinda Taber Flickr

Idaho parents who don’t want their child to have to pass the state’s standardized test for graduation would be able to opt-out under a bill in the state Senate.

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