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Big news story in Idaho today was the Friday night gubernatorial debate, which was a four-way debate including two minor party candidates but somehow focusing on Republican incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter and Democrat A.J. Balukoff. News stories led with Balukoff’s shots at Otter, mainly over economic and state spending issues, and Otter’s replies.

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Reviewing governor candidates on economy (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune)
BSU football swag sales decline (Boise Statesman)
Whitebark pines at risk in northern Idaho (Boise Statesman)
Barley crop in Idaho turned out poorly (IF Post Register)
Idaho hospitals prepare for ebola (Lewiston Tribune)
St Stanislaus church closes after 150 years (Lewiston Tribune)
UW, WSU reach new deal on medical schools (Moscow News)
Caldwell gets a Pita Pit (Nampa Press Tribune)
Former Blaine school trustee charged (TF Times News)
Balukoff picks up support from Jerry Evans (TF Times News)

Cottage Grove parents oppose drug tests (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath area drought conditions continue (KF Herald & News)
Hwy 140 reroute will cost $22m (KF Herald & News)
Oregon rejects Wyoming protest of coal port denial (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton, Hermiston work on student absentees (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Merkley vists campuses on college funding (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Richardson’s conservative record reviewed (Portland Oregonian)
Salem hospitals and ebola (Salem Statesman Journal)

Two state ferry runs limited (Bremerton Sun)
Court asked to review Hanford consent decree (Kennewick Herald)
UW, WSU shake up medical training (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Kennewick Herald)
BC carbon goals conflict with gas exports (Seattle Times)
Kootenai races center on land use issues (Spokane Spokesman)
C-Tran seems end to light-rail deal (Vancouver Columbian)
Voter registration deadline coming up (Vancouver Columbian)

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