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US may want to keep Idaho nuclear waste plant running longer

U.S. officials are considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure this year so it can repackage radioactive waste brought in from other states before it’s sent to a permanent disposal site ...

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Idaho unemployment at 3 percent for 5th month in a row

Idaho’s unemployment rate in January for the fifth consecutive month remained at 3 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor said March 12 that 818,800 Idahoans are employed, and 25,200 are seeking work. The agency said Idaho’s labor force is 844,000 ...

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Idaho candidates respond to health plan fall out

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican candidate running to be Idaho’s next governor, has gone on the defensive after spending months campaigning on a plan that has since been deemed legally dubious by the federal government. Earlier this year, Little ...

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Idaho governor signs tax cut plan into law

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed a sweeping $200 million tax cut into law. Otter approved the measure on March 12. The new law includes an emergency clause, making it retroactive to Jan. 1. The plan reduces personal income and ...

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University of Idaho mishandled footballer’s sex misconduct case

The University of Idaho is apologizing for mishandling a sexual misconduct case involving student athletes, in violation of federal law. The Idaho Statesman reports that the University of Idaho athletic department recently acknowledged its mistakes after two women athletes reported ...

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Industry groups say US tariffs will cost jobs, raise prices

A broad swath of U.S. industries is unhappy with the tariffs that the Trump administration is imposing on aluminum and steel imports, warning the penalties will jack up costs, raise prices for consumers and potentially put people out of work. ...

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Internet sales tax bill headed to Idaho Senate

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a plan to collect and remit sales tax on online purchases. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee on March 8 agreed to advance the proposal to the Senate floor for debate. The proposal ...

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US to Idaho: ‘State-based’ health plans don’t pass muster

Idaho’s move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, U.S. officials said March 8. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” ...

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