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Mediation ordered in Idaho execution policy suit

A federal judge has ordered mediation talks between Idaho prison officials and more than a dozen news organizations that are challenging a policy that limits public access to lethal injection executions. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge handed down the ...

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Closed Idaho silver mine to start rehiring in July

A northern Idaho silver mine that was shut down after a series of accidents last year, including two worker deaths, will start rehiring in July and should have a full workforce by the end of the year, Hecla Mining Co. ...

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AP, news groups sue Idaho over execution access

The Associated Press and 16 other organizations sued the state of Idaho May 22 to force officials to let witnesses watch executions from start to finish, arguing that the media has a First Amendment right to view all steps of ...

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U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in April

Americans bought more previously owned homes in April, a hopeful sign that the weak housing market is gradually improving. The National Association of Realtors said May 22 that home sales rose 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual ...

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State could strengthen role in Idaho National lab

The head of Idaho National Laboratory is reaching out to top Idaho leaders in an effort to strengthen the relationship between Idaho and the sprawling research facility in the eastern Idaho desert. INL Director John Grossenbacher said he’s even approached ...

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Idaho, 21 other states join campaign finance fight

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia are backing Montana in its fight to prevent the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision from being used to strike down state laws restricting corporate campaign spending. The states led by New ...

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N. Idaho officials balk at herbicides to battle milfoil near public beaches

City officials in Sandpoint in northern Idaho are declining an offer from the Idaho Department of Agriculture to apply herbicide in Lake Pend Oreille near city beaches to eradicate Eurasian milfoil. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that city council ...

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Cleanup money flowing into Silver Valley

Money from a $460 million trust fund intended to clean up mining pollution is starting to flow into Idaho’s Silver Valley. About $8.5 million will be spent this year from the Asarco trust, which was created as part of the ...

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Idaho prison lawsuit agreement could cost $1.6 million

Lawmakers will have to approve more than $1.6 million in staffing increases and other costs for the Idaho Department of Correction under an agreement designed to bring a decades-old lawsuit over conditions at a Boise-area prison to an end. Idaho ...

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