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Sockeye salmon run falters, but Idaho officials optimistic

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fisheries managers are optimistic a program to save imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon is heading in the right direction despite few of the ocean-going fish making it back to central Idaho this year. Of the 730,000 ...

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Idaho sports company sentenced for defrauding Oglala Sioux

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Executives of an Idaho company that claimed to help schools fund athletic programs have been sentenced for taking thousands of dollars from the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. The owner of All Around Sports ...

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University stops accepting Medicaid as health insurance

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage for full-time students amid concerns they said they received from local health care providers. Brigham Young University-Idaho officials have required students to buy a university-backed ...

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Forest Service to review water diversions in Sawtooth Valley

The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon. A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday signed off on the agreement between ...

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Idaho won’t share driver’s license info with US Census

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that it would be sending requests to states asking them to share driver’s license records, following a Trump administration executive order to expand the use of federal, state and local administrative records. The ...

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Comments sought on Idaho Medicaid expansion waiver

Idaho officials are seeking public comments on a waiver to Medicaid expansion involving mental health treatment and substance abuse. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said Friday it’s taking comments through Dec. 24. The waiver would allow Medicaid recipients ...

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Chobani looks to innovation to reverse yogurt sales slide

photo of chobani plant

What’s eating yogurt? Despite shelves full of new varieties — from Icelandic to Australian to coconut-based — U.S. yogurt sales are in a multiyear slump. Yogurt companies are confident that more new products can boost sales. But some analysts are skeptical, saying ...

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Idaho board axes birth certificate gender rule

The Idaho State Board of Health and Welfare has scrapped a temporary rule requiring transgender minors to get a doctor’s approval before changing the gender listed on their birth certificate. The Idaho Press reports that board chairman Darrell Kerby announced the rule ...

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Coeur d’Alene politician retires after 50 years of service

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Coeur d’Alene politician Ron Edinger is retiring after five decades of service to the northern Idaho city. Edinger is a former mayor who was elected 12 times to the Coeur d’Alene City Council. The Spokesman-Review ...

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Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon ...

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