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Feds pay $24 million to Idaho ag operations over trade war

The federal government has paid $24 million to Idaho farms and dairies in an effort to help them survive financial losses caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars. But farmers and industry leaders across the state say the payments — ...

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Paid administrative leave adds up for Idaho state employees

Paid administrative leave among Idaho state employees over 11 months cost the state about $2 million, a newspaper investigation has found. The Idaho Press reports in a story on Sunday that nearly 3,000 state employees were on paid administrative leave ...

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Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax will pay at least $700 million — and potentially much more — to settle lawsuits over a 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and similar sensitive information of roughly half of the U.S. population. ...

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US home construction slips 0.9% to 1.25 million in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped last month as an uptick in the building of single-family homes was offset by a big drop in apartment construction. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction was started at a seasonally adjusted ...

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Idaho governor wants more cuts to state regulations

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other top Republican elected officials said Friday that pruning thousands of pages of administrative rules could become standard practice each year. Little, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, all Republicans, ...

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Some Idaho Hispanic groups worry census outreach falls short

With six months left before the 2020 census and no additional state funding for outreach, some Idaho groups are feeling the crunch to put together a plan to make sure everyone is counted. Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Executive Director ...

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Idaho’s unemployment rate stays under 3% mark

Idaho recorded a 2.8% unemployment rate for June, marking the 19th consecutive month the rate has stayed below 3%. The Idaho Press reported Sunday that the state Department of Labor recorded job gains of 3% or more in four sectors last month. ...

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Lawsuit filed to restore mountain caribou

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for endangered mountain caribou in the inland Northwest. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Idaho by groups including the Center ...

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More than half of Idaho’s job service offices to close doors

The Idaho Department of Labor plans to eliminate more than half of its job service offices in the state, officials said. Fourteen of the 25 offices will close by September, the Idaho Press reported Monday. In the last 10 years, ...

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