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US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

Cattle grazing in desert pasture.

The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said ...

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Lawsuit: Supervisor threatened to strangle state worker

A former Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the agency that includes an allegation that a male supervisor threatened to strangle her with an extension cord. The seven-page lawsuit filed the week ...

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Alaskan picked to lead regional EPA office

Alaska state commerce commissioner Chris Hladick has been chosen to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office based in Seattle. Hladick will join the agency in December, the EPA said Oct. 16. Hladick will leave his state role Nov. ...

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Idaho candidates talk transparency in buildup to 2018

As the buildup to the 2018 election begins to accelerate, Idaho’s 30-year-old ethics laws are facing scrutiny as top candidates wrestle with how much of their finances they should disclose to voters. Idaho is one of just two states that ...

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State transportation department says $13.1M was saved by refinancing highway bonds

Workers paving a street

Officials with the Idaho Transportation Department say the state has saved $13.1 million in interest costs after refinancing bonds designates to improve the state’s aging highways. ITD announced Oct. 12 it worked with the Idaho Housing and Finance Association to ...

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US long-term mortgage rates rise for 2nd week, to 3.91 pct

A new home for sale in Kuna, about 10 miles north of Meridian.

Long-term mortgage rates rose for a second straight week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.91 percent, from 3.85 percent a week ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the 15-year home loan, frequently used by homeowners who ...

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Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Oct. 5 said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican’s economic interest disclosure ...

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Adams Publishing acquiring Pioneer News media division

Family-owned Adams Publishing Group is acquiring the media division assets of the Pioneer News Group Co. in a deal that includes 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Terms of the sale that’s expected to ...

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US 30-year mortgage rates average rises to 3.85 percent

Homes for sale

Long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly the week of Oct. 2 as the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.85 percent from 3.83 percent a week before. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the 15-year home loan, often used by homeowners ...

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Judge: BLM broke law in plan to sterilize Idaho wild horses

File photo.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho, according to a recent ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Oct. 6 the ...

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