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Idaho Republicans push anti-feds bills

State Republicans lobbed more legislative spitballs at Washington, D.C., earlier this week, with measures calling to sue the federal government over gun rights and control of federal land and to replace standard American currency with gold and silver. The bills ...

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20 suspended, 2 fired at Idaho roads agency

As many as 22 Idaho Transportation Department employees were disciplined by the agency for improperly using state equipment, with two losing their jobs. Rep. JoAn Wood, the Rigby Republican who heads the House Transportation Committee, said Tuesday that agency director ...

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Report shows home buyers’ negotiating power gains

Home buyers in much of the United States paid thousands of dollars below asking prices in December and for the first time in 11 months gained negotiating power, real estate website Zillow.com said. According to December Zillow Real Estate Market ...

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D.R. Horton posts profit for Q1

D.R. Horton posted its first quarterly profit in three years Tuesday and predicted it would stay in the black at least through the first half of this year. Homebuilders have seen orders improve in recent months due to low mortgage ...

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Feds could expand Idaho mining waste respository

Officials with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency are considering expanding the Big Creek Repository to keep up with Superfund cleanup of mining waste. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports the agencies could expand the repository ...

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Idaho market research center begins layoffs

A marketing research company says it’s starting temporary layoffs at its Pocatello call center. Mountain West Research Center announced the layoffs in a prepared statement, saying they were necessary because of the economic downturn. The company gathers data for market ...

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Budget woes reduce Idaho water quality monitoring

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has ended a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct water quality monitoring of streams, lakes and rivers throughout the state. Gwen Fransen, an administrator with the state agency, said a budget shortfall ...

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White House taps Pocatello man for US Marshal (access required)

President Barack Obama has nominated a city council member and former police officer from Pocatello to be the next U.S. Marshal in Idaho. Brian Underwood is the warden at the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center, a post he has held since ...

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