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California has housing crisis, Legislature has no fix yet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crisis. Emergency. California lawmakers are describing the state’s housing crunch in dire terms. But few seem to agree on what to do about it. The political wrangling over the last few weeks around bills to cap ...

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Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced a sweeping antitrust probe of unspecified technology companies. In a statement, it ...

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Idaho finds ‘reasonable variances’ in oil, gas well numbers

An investigation by Idaho officials into a Texas-based oil company’s production reporting from nine natural gas and oil wells in southwestern Idaho has found what state officials describe as reasonable variances. Idaho Department of Lands investigator Dave Schwarz told the ...

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Idaho Supreme Court: No cap on awards for whistleblowers

There is no cap on how much money juries can award whistleblowers who successfully sue their employers, the Idaho Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling. Idaho’s tort claim law limits the amount of money that can be awarded to ...

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday. Idaho Power said the two states ...

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USDA says states can’t block hemp transports

photo of industrial hemp

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says states can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp, but law enforcement in Idaho says it won’t follow those guidelines. Hemp doesn’t get a person high, but it still contains trace amounts of the chemical ...

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Idaho, Oregon senators seek to help with rural timber losses

U.S. senators from Idaho and Oregon on Thursday touted legislation they introduced to create an endowment to replace revenue lost by rural counties due to declines in timber cutting on federal lands. Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho ...

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Investment group plans redevelopment of Idaho mall (access required)

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A California-based investment group is planning to spend more than $30 million to redevelop an Idaho mall, adding multifamily housing and a hotel to the site. Idaho Press reported Thursday that Rhino Investments purchased Karcher Mall ...

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Tariffs have varying fallout in trade-heavy Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Workers at a $1.7 billion polysilicon plant in central Washington believe President Donald Trump’s trade war with China may be their best chance for staying employed. Unable to compete with Chinese factories aided by government subsidies and ...

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Real estate title firm’s lapse exposes data in 885M files

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A security lapse at a major real estate title company exposed the bank account numbers and other sensitive information contained in 885 million files. First American Financial confirmed the problem Friday after it was reported ...

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