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Companies altered road test results given to Idaho agency

Companies that are responsible for checking the quality of Idaho’s road materials have altered the results of their asphalt tests thousands of times, government documents show. Those changes may have allowed contractors that repair and build Idaho’s highway infrastructure to ...

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Idaho U.S. senators tout economy and judicial appointments

The United States is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges, Idaho’s two U.S. senators said Thursday. Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in speeches to state lawmakers in ...

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US pushes changes to Western land plans that judge blocked

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by a declining bird species. A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump ...

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Idaho lawmaker comment seen as threat to Planned Parenthood

A Republican lawmaker in Idaho is facing criticism for comments that abortion rights advocates consider a threat. Rep. Vito Barbieri told a town hall meeting Saturday that he did not know why reproductive health care organization Planned Parenthood Federation of ...

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Transgender group to sue over Idaho birth certificate bill

A transgender rights group plans to sue the state of Idaho over a proposed bill that makes it illegal for someone to change their gender identity on a birth certificate, a television station reported on Sunday. The National Association of Transgendered People ...

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House OKs bill targeting predatory medical debt collectors

Legislation to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors headed to the Idaho Senate Monday after an extraordinary debate in the House. Representatives approved the legislation in a 49-20 vote after ...

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Goat packing gains toehold, but feds want forests goat-free

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Pack horses are tried and true, and mules are proven hunting-gear haulers. Hunting elk with a trio of domestic goats, though, is an acquired taste. John and Nancy Clough of Dalton Gardens have joined a ...

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Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a ...

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Idaho business to pay $100K in case of fake Alaska trips

Business owners in Idaho have reached a settlement agreement after they were accused of selling fake fishing trips in Alaska and leaving people stranded, a newspaper reported. Access Life’s Adventures and its owners Craig Fletcher and Crystal Fletcher have agreed ...

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Wyoming lawmakers reject Medicaid expansion effort

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have rejected the second effort to expand Medicaid in five days. Republican state Rep. Pat Sweeney filed a bill Feb. 12 to amend the state constitution, but it did not receive two-thirds of the ...

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