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Ashland neighbors fight proposed meat-processing facility

A slaughter and meat-processing facility proposed at a farm in southern Oregon has led to opposition from neighbors, citing concerns about possible water contamination and odors. The Mail Tribune reports Jackson County Development Services tentatively approved a meat-processing building and a chicken ...

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Idaho’s top legislative leaders retain positions

The top legislative leaders in the Idaho Statehouse have retained their positions for the upcoming legislative session. Republicans voted Wednesday night to keep Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House, a position the Oakley resident has held since 2012. ...

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Group forms in wake of decision to close steelhead season

Fishing outfitters, business owners and community members from two Idaho towns have come together to insert themselves into negotiations or maneuverings that could stop the pending closure of the state’s steelhead fishing season or lead to an earlier reopening. The ...

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E. Idaho district court judge named to Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho judge to the Idaho Supreme Court. Otter on Nov. 30 picked 7th District Court Judge Gregory Moeller of Rexburg to fill a vacancy on the court left by the retirement ...

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GM to slash 14,700 jobs in North America

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General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar ...

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Retail businesses prep for holiday season with extra workers

Despite unemployment around 2.3 percent, local retailers didn’t have too hard of a time finding people looking to line their pockets with a little extra cash this holiday season. Employers such as Target, Costco and Kmart ramped up their hiring ...

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Average US price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to $2.72

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for ...

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Idaho police warn of traffic hazards as bald eagles return (access required)

Idaho State Police are warning that the expected returned of bald eagles to a lake in northern Idaho will likely also draw people and boost traffic hazards. KBOI-TV reported Sunday bald eagles return to Lake Coeur d’Alene every year to ...

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Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat

Officials say farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging. The Lewiston Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture Portland Daily Grain Report last week listed soft white wheat prices ...

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EPA seeks new truck pollution rules; says air won’t suffer

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The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting ...

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