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University of Idaho’s president to leave next spring

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced that University of Idaho President Chuck Staben’s contract will not be renewed in 2019. The board announced May 26 they came to a mutual agreement with Staben that the 2018-19 school year ...

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Women CEOs still a rarity, but pay tops that of men

Female CEOs remain scarce at the biggest publicly traded companies but those who hold the top job receive pay competitive with male peers. Women make up only 5 percent of the CEO ranks at S&P 500 companies. Yet median compensation ...

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Officials work to ensure existence of caribou population

Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Bart George with the Kalispel Tribe at Usk said the next step to boost the population —which includes seven ...

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Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Idaho’s top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions, up to an eightfold increase. According to a review by The Associated Press, nearly all Democratic and GOP candidates seeking ...

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US home sales fell 2.5 percent in April

U.S. sales of existing homes tumbled 2.5 percent in April — with the costs of buying a home jumping and would-be buyers facing a persistent shortage of properties on the market. The National Association of Realtors said May 24 that ...

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Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials ...

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Employee claims hostile environment at Canyon County Coroner office

An employee of a coroner’s office in western Idaho has filed a notice of a tort claim that alleges she was harassed by the outgoing coroner. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Deputy Coroner Lori LaRoche filed the notice in ...

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US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April

Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States. The Commerce Department said May 23 that ...

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Idaho, other western states change their branding for international markets

A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana  are dropping the “Real America” brand in favor of “The Great American ...

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Lawsuit seeks repayment of fees charged by Idaho schools

A class-action lawsuit is seeking the repayment of fees that many Idaho public schools charge students for classes, supplies and activities. The Idaho Statesman reports the lawsuit filed earlier in May in federal court claims the fees amount “a form ...

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