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Ferguson: Idaho is shirking in public services Former Idaho state economist Mike Ferguson said the state was hit especially hard by the recent recession, with a decline in funding for schools and other social services in the past decade being ...

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US braces for another bad fire year

Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said March 12 that his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters. Late winter storms have helped bring ...

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Researchers detect warming trend in northern Idaho streams

Warmer water temperatures being recorded in northern Idaho streams and rivers are creating unhealthy conditions for trout, especially the region’s Westslope cutthroat population, Idaho environmental officials said. A recent analysis by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality shows that nearly ...

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Idaho counties tout personal property tax relief plan

Counties want the Legislature to dump Idaho’s personal property tax for virtually all small- and medium-sized businesses, according to a bill introduced March 7 that will be considered against a competing version from industry aiming to eliminate the tax for ...

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US home prices rise; Idaho a leader in gains

U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. Idaho was one of the states with the largest gains. Home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a ...

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Idaho woman fights new vexatious litigation rule

A woman who has already been banned from filing frivolous lawsuits in several state and federal courts is challenging a new Idaho law designed to staunch so-called vexatious litigation. Holli Lundahl Telford has already been designated a vexatious litigant by ...

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DOE: Budget cuts may cause INL work delays

Cleanup of radioactive waste at nuclear sites across the country — including one in Washington state where waste tanks may be leaking 1,000 gallons per year — would be delayed under automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday. Energy ...

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Grant helps Idaho schools plug into online classes

Thousands of Idaho students in public, private and charter schools big and small next fall will be able to log into math, physics and history classes provided by the Khan Academy, a growing content provider focused on making free education ...

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Otter makes pitch for state control of public land

Idaho’s governor told congressional lawmakers he believes the state could do a better job of managing public lands, making forests healthier and potentially reducing the size, scope and intensity of wildfires. Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” was among several to testify ...

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Idaho Court: Baseball fan can sue over ball injury

A man who lost an eye after being hit by a foul ball at a baseball game can seek damages from a minor league team in Idaho. The Idaho Supreme Court decided not to impose the “Baseball Rule” of liability ...

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