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Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Idaho’s top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions, up to an eightfold increase. According to a review by The Associated Press, nearly all Democratic and GOP candidates seeking ...

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US home sales fell 2.5 percent in April

U.S. sales of existing homes tumbled 2.5 percent in April — with the costs of buying a home jumping and would-be buyers facing a persistent shortage of properties on the market. The National Association of Realtors said May 24 that ...

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Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials ...

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Employee claims hostile environment at Canyon County Coroner office

An employee of a coroner’s office in western Idaho has filed a notice of a tort claim that alleges she was harassed by the outgoing coroner. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Deputy Coroner Lori LaRoche filed the notice in ...

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US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April

Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States. The Commerce Department said May 23 that ...

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Idaho, other western states change their branding for international markets

A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana  are dropping the “Real America” brand in favor of “The Great American ...

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Lawsuit seeks repayment of fees charged by Idaho schools

A class-action lawsuit is seeking the repayment of fees that many Idaho public schools charge students for classes, supplies and activities. The Idaho Statesman reports the lawsuit filed earlier in May in federal court claims the fees amount “a form ...

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Idaho tribe joins lawsuit against big opioid manufacturers

An Idaho tribe has joined a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Nez Perce Tribe said in a release that a lawsuit was filed May 18 in Idaho’s U.S. District Court that targets opioid distributor ...

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Spring chinook numbers on Snake, Columbia rivers improving (access required)

Spring chinook counts in the Snake and Columbia rivers are improving after a late start to this year’s run, but fishery managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are still unsure how strong the final run will be. Flows on the ...

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Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to dispute their pay and conditions in the workplace, an important victory for business interests. The justices ruled 5-4 May 21, with the court’s conservative members in the ...

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