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Historical horse racing’ qualifies for Idaho ballot

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says a proposal to legalize historical horse racing betting terminals will be on the Idaho ballot in November. Denney announced July 10 that the ballot initiative collected enough valid signatures from the required amount of ...

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Judge: Experts can testify that Roundup linked to cancer

Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems “weak,” but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled July 10. The decision by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco allows hundreds of lawsuits ...

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Idaho pharmacist sues hospital, alleging discrimination

A former pharmacist for a Boise hospital has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subject to racist and sexist harassment by multiple employees before being wrongfully terminated after just five months. In the 21-page suit filed July 6, Lolettima Johnson, ...

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US job openings slip in May, as quits reach 17-year high

Businesses advertised fewer jobs in May than the previous month, but the tally of open positions outnumbered the ranks of the unemployed for only the second time in the past two decades. The Labor Department also says the proportion of ...

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Idaho Falls man sentenced to up to 20 years after bank heist

An Idaho Falls man accused of robbing a bank and making bomb threats has been sentenced to six to 20 years in prison. The Post Register reports 28-year-old Matthew Todd Baker was arrested last October after he robbed a bank. ...

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Lawsuit: Charging students fees violates Idaho Constitution

Lawyer Robert Huntley, a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice, has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, urging Idaho school districts to stop charging students fees. The lawsuit names every school district in Idaho as defendants, and it lists every ...

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EPA to Idaho town: Upgrade wastewater facility or face fines

Officials in a small southern Idaho town say they have to convince its 3,300 residents to help cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade or face federal fines that could bankrupt the local government. The Times-News reports the ...

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Hop acreage up in Washington, Idaho and nationwide

U.S. hop acreage is forecast at a record 53,282 acres this year, up 4 percent over last year, with new acreage and plantings entering full production. The Capital Press reports that the 2018 forecast for Washington is 39,273 acres, which ...

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Idaho call center lays off more than 600 workers

More than 600 workers have lost their jobs at a southwestern Idaho call center. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Sykes Corporation’s call center in Boise made the layoffs of 640 workers public in a notice filed with the Idaho Department ...

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Idaho gears up to boost logging, restoration on federal land

Idaho has more than doubled the number of workers assigned to logging and restoration projects on federal lands in the state with the goal of doubling the timber harvest and restoration treatments on by 2025. The Idaho Department of Lands ...

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