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Dispute over Portland containers hits Idaho port

 A union-on-union fight over whose members should plug in refrigerated shipping containers in Oregon has sent economic ripples 360 miles upstream to an Idaho port, where some customers have ditched river barges for trucks rather than wait out the uncertainty. ...

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UI rejects $1M settlement offer in fraternity fall

A $1 million settlement offer to end a lawsuit by the family of a former University of Idaho student seriously injured in a 2009 fall from a fraternity house window has been rejected by the school and the Idaho State ...

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Petition seeks to stagger food stamp distribution

Grocers complained to state lawmakers earlier this year, saying that they’ve been swamped by food-stamp recipients on the first day of every month. They said the long lines, sometimes in the wee morning hours, have caused some people to abandon ...

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Northwest sees record returns of sockeye salmon

Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest’s Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river’s dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years. Since ...

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High court upholds key part of Obama health law

The Supreme Court on June 28 upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over ...

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Idaho to negotiate for school laptops after too few bids

Citing insufficient competition, Idaho officials have abandoned their original bidding process meant to equip public school teachers with laptop computers starting this fall. Instead, the state will negotiate directly with providers of computers and services, in hopes of keeping this five-year ...

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Idaho task force suggests ways to protect grouse

A 16-member task force appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to figure out a way to dissuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing sage grouse as an endangered species has submitted its recommendations to the governor. The Sage ...

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Idaho senators voice opposition to caribou habitat

Federal land and wildlife managers should only designate as much critical habitat for woodland caribou in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state as the caribou occupied when they were first listed as a protected species, Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo ...

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Imperial Oil withdraws megaload permit application

The Canadian company developing an oil sands project in northern Alberta has withdrawn its application to haul oversized loads of oil processing equipment over Lolo Pass and through northwestern Montana into Canada. The Montana Department of Transportation announced the move ...

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U.S. teens now get adult competition for summer jobs

Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for U.S. teens are disappearing. Older workers, immigrants and debt-laden college graduates are taking away lower-skill work as they struggle to find their own jobs in the weak economy. Fewer than ...

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