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Japan, US, EU discuss rare earth supply security

Officials from the United States, the European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer together on ways to ensure secure supplies of strategically vital rare earths and other critical materials. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a conference March 28 in ...

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EPA pollution-cutting plan could affect Idaho

Idaho could be affected by a proposal to limit pollution from new power plants. The Obama administration forged ahead March 27 with the plan, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill ...

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Supreme Court sides with Idaho homeowners over EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution. The court sided with an Idaho couple who object ...

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Expert says Idaho prison care ‘cruel’

Medical care is so poor at an Idaho state prison that it amounts to neglect and cruel and unusual punishment, according to a report that was unsealed March 19. Correctional health care expert Dr. Marc Stern said there have been ...

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Women in Gov. Otter’s Cabinet make less than men

 An examination by an Idaho newspaper has found that the median salary for women in Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Cabinet is about $17,500 less than men. The Idaho Statesman reports the median salary for the 11 women in Otter’s Cabinet ...

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Teachers vs tax cuts: ‘What weight do we put on those priorities?’

Idaho’s dueling legislative chambers remain at odds over competing priorities that include tax cuts, teacher salaries and rainy-day savings, with key bills bottled up in committees while behind-the-scenes talks linger on. The House wants to cut state income taxes by ...

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St. Luke’s being investigated for possible antitrust law violation

Officials at St. Luke’s Health System say they are cooperating with an investigation by the Idaho attorney general’s office and the Federal Trade Commission into whether federal antitrust laws and Idaho’s Competition Act have been violated. The investigation involves the ...

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Feds: Mine missed safety check before rock burst

A federal inspection report shows that officials at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho failed to conduct the second of two daily monitoring checks on the day a violent rock burst broke the pelvis of one miner and also ...

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House panel approves tougher animal cruelty bill

 A plan to toughen Idaho’s animal cruelty laws passed a House committee March 12 in action that would put felony animal abuse penalties in place for the first time in the state. Lawmakers hope the measure will head off a ...

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Field burning conflict reignites in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions so farmers can set fields afire on weekends and holidays, but a clean air group says it will go to court to block such a move. Mary Anderson, ...

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