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Boise officials to seek restitution if fireworks spark blaze

The Boise Fire Department says it will seek restitution from the vendors and the users if illegal aerial fireworks spark a blaze in the city. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the department intends to work with police to investigate should a ...

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Idaho utility sues EPA over Hells Canyon dams requirement

An Idaho utility has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contending the agency failed to act on a request by the state of Idaho to modify water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protect fall ...

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US consumer borrowing growth slows in April

Americans increased their borrowing in April at the slowest pace in seven months, dragged by a big slowdown in the category that covers auto and student loans. Consumer debt rose $9.3 billion in April after a gain of $12.3 billion ...

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Idaho panel to urge Otter for special session on water fight

Key legislative leaders on June 6 promised to urge Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to call a special session to resolve a longstanding water battle. Special sessions are rare in Idaho, with only 28 being held since the territory became a ...

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Court restores lawsuit against North Carolina “ag-gag” law

A federal appeals court is resurrecting a lawsuit by animal-rights groups against a North Carolina law that discourages undercover investigations into conditions at farms and other workplaces. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5 reversed a North ...

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Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed June 5 by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was ...

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Milestone for US job market: More openings than unemployed

For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the United States exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises. The number of available jobs in ...

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US services firms grew at faster pace in May

U.S. services firms expanded at a stronger pace in May compared to the prior month, as companies saw gains in business activity, new orders and employment. The Institute for Supply Management said June 5 that its services index rose to ...

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Wells Fargo exits retail banking in 4 Midwestern states

Wells Fargo is exiting retail banking operations in four Midwestern states as the beleaguered company follows through on previous plans to reduce the number of locations it has open. The San Francisco bank said April 5 that it will sell ...

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