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Justice Department won’t release national monument documents

Craters of the Moon National Monument in eastern Idaho.

Federal officials say they don’t have to provide an Idaho environmental law firm with documents possibly outlining legal justifications for President Donald Trump to shrink national monuments because they’re protected communications. The U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 15 asked ...

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US homebuilder sentiment rises in November

A home under construction in east Boise.

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Nov. 16 rose two points to 70 this month. That’s the ...

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Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A field of corn.

A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Nov. 15 to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer Roundup to carry warning labels that it can cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in federal ...

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Boise State University president to retire

Boise State President Bob Kustra talks to students on the university campus. File photo.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra is retiring June 30 after 15 years with the school. Kustra, 74, helped transform Boise State from a former commuter college into Idaho’s largest university during his 15-year tenure. He has expanded the schools ...

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Former Idaho insurance agent sentenced for fraud

A former south-central Idaho insurance agent who used customers’ insurance premiums for personal purchases has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. Forty-nine-year-old Mark J. Lee received the sentence on Nov. 13 in 4th District ...

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Idaho agency denies sex discrimination lawsuit allegations

A federal judge should dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit and not allow as evidence any recordings made by a former employee intended to prove her claims, an Idaho state agency says. The 8-page document filed Nov. 13 in U.S. District ...

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US sage grouse policy heading back to square one

Sage Grouse

Federal scientists and land managers who’ve been crafting strategies to protect a ground-dwelling bird’s habitat across the American West for nearly two decades are going back to the drawing board under a new Trump administration edict to reassess existing plans ...

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Idaho AG questions Medicaid expansion proposal

The Idaho Attorney General’s office flagged a handful of concerns while vetting a proposal seeking to expand Medicaid coverage through a ballot initiative rather than through the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature. In analysis completed Nov. 7, Deputy Attorney General Scott Keim ...

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Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. ...

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