Pressure mounts for BYU to end beard ban

This April 19, 2016, file photo, shows a welcome sign to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Brigham Young University has banned beards for most students and faculty since the 1960s, but attitudes and enforcement of the policy at the Mormon church-owned school have relaxed in recent years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University has banned beards for most students and faculty since the 1960s, when they were seen as a symbol of anti-authoritarian rebellion. But attitudes and enforcement of the policy at the Mormon church-owned school have relaxed in recent years, but some want even more change.

The 2018 session approaches

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman President Pro Tempore, Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, runs the days business on the Senate floor Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The 2018 Idaho legislative session begins Jan. 8, and top leaders say the House and Senate are likely to pick up several major issues. From increasing teacher salaries to health care to the possible return of “instant racing,” it’s likely to be a full session.

Eleven testify in support of dual waiver

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The Idaho Department of Insurance and Department of Health and Welfare held a public hearing Friday on their proposed “dual waiver” solution for the Medicaid gap. All 11 individuals who gave testimony in Pocatello supported the departments’ proposal, though many said they didn’t think it went far enough to provide care for those with chronic mental illnesses.

Local kids learn about STEM careers

John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com High school students from around eastern Idaho listen as Kelley Verner, a material scientist, explains energy and what a catalyst is to students, part of Ignite STEM day, at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies on Friday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

About 110 high school students came to the Center for Advanced Energy Studies on Friday for an all-day program meant to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering and math-related careers.

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