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Jessica Robinson


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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Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

Northwest News Network | April 15, 2015 8:39 a.m.

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a...

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Idaho Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase, Adjourn Session

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 8:28 a.m.

Idaho's gas tax is set to go up 7 cents per gallon under a bill now awaiting the governor's signature.

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Child Support Issue Could Bring Idaho Lawmakers Back To Capitol

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 7:43 a.m.

The Idaho legislature adjourned its overtime session over the weekend.

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Idaho Legislature Nears Gas Tax Deal, Adjournment

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2015 6:12 p.m.

Idaho's gas tax could go up 7 cents per gallon under a proposed deal between the House and Senate.

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Day One Of Negotiations Over Idaho Roads Funding Ends Without Deal

Northwest News Network | April 9, 2015 5:13 p.m.

A special committee in the Idaho legislature assigned to find a compromise deal on roads funding ended the day Thursday with plenty of frustration but,...

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Idaho Senate's Gas Tax Plan Is A No-Go In House

Northwest News Network | April 8, 2015 2:48 p.m.

A new roads funding plan emerged Tuesday in the Idaho legislature that includes a 10-cent hike in the gas tax.

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Idaho Governor Vetoes 'Instant Racing' Repeal, Override Fails

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2015 9:21 a.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed a repeal of so-called "instant horse racing."

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'Is This Seat Taken?' Carry-On Politics Of Idaho Lawmakers

Northwest News Network | April 6, 2015 10:21 a.m.

On Friday afternoons, the crowd at the B gates of the Boise Airport includes a lot of familiar faces from the Idaho capitol.

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Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Boost Teacher Pay

Northwest News Network | April 2, 2015 4:31 p.m.

Idaho teachers could start seeing raises as soon as next fall after Governor Butch Otter signed a pay plan known as the "career ladder" into law Thursday.

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Idaho Senate To Prepare Counter Offer To House On Roads Funding

Northwest News Network | April 2, 2015 3:44 p.m.

The Idaho Senate is teeing up for a new round of negotiations Monday on how to fund much-needed repairs on roads and bridges.

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Idaho Senate Kills Tax Bill, Wants Different Approach To Funding Roads

Northwest News Network | March 31, 2015 4:51 p.m.

The Idaho Senate decided to kill a major overhaul to Idaho's tax system Tuesday.

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Democrats Call Idaho Tax Bill 'A Financial Circus'

Northwest News Network | March 30, 2015 3:08 p.m.

The Idaho House fast-tracked a bill Monday that would raise the gas tax, eliminate the sales tax on groceries and overhaul Idaho's income tax structure.

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Idaho Republicans Want Earlier Presidential Primary In 2016

Northwest News Network | March 30, 2015 8:22 a.m.

The Idaho House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would move Idaho's presidential primary from May to March.

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Idaho Lawmakers Advance Plan To Revamp Sales, Income, Gas Taxes

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2015 3:17 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers are proposing a tax system overhaul. In part, they want to make the state more competitive with Oregon and Washington.

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Bergdahl Was Chained, Told To Kill Himself While In Captivity

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 3:10 p.m.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

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'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 3:05 p.m.

A bill that would repeal so-called "instant horse racing" in Idaho is headed to the governor's desk.

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Former POW Bergdahl An Uneasy Subject In His Idaho Hometown

Northwest News Network | March 26, 2015 8:58 a.m.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held for nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the...

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Bergdahl's Home Town Quiet On Desertion Charges

Northwest News Network | March 25, 2015 5:19 p.m.

The home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is quiet Wednesday now that the former P.O.W. is charged with desertion.

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Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Northwest News Network | March 25, 2015 12:55 p.m.

The Associated Press reports Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho will face court martial on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. The...

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Idaho Lawmakers Say As Parents, They've Seen Need For Anti-Bullying Bill

Northwest News Network | March 23, 2015 5:07 p.m.

The Idaho House passed an anti-bullying measure Monday after some impassioned pleas from several lawmakers -- who talked about the experiences of their...