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Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in US West

Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their ...

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Health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym

That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set that up. Health care is shifting ...

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Idaho is among the lowest in the US for number of women judges

Idaho ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of women judges on the state’s courts. But nearly last is a slight improvement: In 2012, Idaho had the lowest percentage in the nation at just 12 ...

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NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

The NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools. The NCAA announced July 19 it will create a working group of “subject matter experts” to assess areas such as officiating, NCAA ...

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Idaho pharmacies run low on shingles vaccine

Some Idaho residents may have to wait until next year to get the new shingles vaccine. The Idaho Statesman reports the vaccine, Shingrix, has been on high demand nationwide since it was released in February. That’s caused a lack of ...

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Nampa day care’s license suspended after leaving child in park

Authorities have suspended a southwestern Idaho day care’s state license after workers left a 3-year-old behind at a local park. Little Angels Daycare/Preschool Operator Angelina Diordyuk told the Idaho Press July 19 that staff didn’t realize that the child was ...

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Idaho unemployment holds steady at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 2.9 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor on July 20 said June was the 10th consecutive month Idaho’s unemployment rate was at or below 3 percent. The agency ...

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Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary. Norwich University announced July 17 that it will ...

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US may pick Western BLM headquarters in 8 months (access required)

The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation’s largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee July ...

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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell ...

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