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Idaho House OKs bill placing restrictions on bonds

Idaho’s House has advanced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait almost one year before a failed bond could be placed back on the election ballot. It’s not unusual for taxing districts to immediately re-run ...

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Kroger joins other big retailers, tightens gun restriction

Kroger is raising the minimum age to buy guns at its Fred Meyer stores, the third major retailer to place restrictions on gun sales that exceed federal law. Like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods a day earlier, Kroger on March ...

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Justice Department, Potlatch agree on Superfund settlement

A Washington state company with land holdings in Idaho will pay $6 million in a settlement with the federal government over the cleanup of a northern Idaho Superfund site. Potlatch Corporation and its subsidiary, Potlatch Land & Lumber, signed an ...

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US pending home sales slump 4.7 percent in January


The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell 4.7 percent in January to its lowest level in more than three years, due to a lack of homes for sale, higher prices and rising mortgage rates. The National Association ...

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Idaho lawmakers spike governor’s health care plan for needy

A wheelchair sits in the hallway at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s legislative proposal to provide health care to some of the state’s poorest residents came to a halt Feb. 27 after it failed to generate enough support inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse. Idaho’s House on Feb. 27 agreed ...

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US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

A home for sale in Meridian.

U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor’s said Feb. 27 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national ...

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Lawmakers question loan forgiveness bill for rural teachers

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A handful of Idaho lawmakers say they have too many objections to a proposal designed to retain teachers in rural areas by paying off some of their student loan debt. According to the bill, up to 500 eligible teachers who ...

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Idaho House panel spikes health care alternative plan

An Idaho House panel on Feb. 26 spiked a proposal that would have allowed health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The bill was submitted by the Statehouse’s self-described “liberty legislators” ...

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Bill expanding open meeting law clears Idaho House

A measure expanding Idaho’s open meeting laws has once again won support from House lawmakers. According to the proposed legislation, boards and commissions created by executive order would be subject to the Idaho Open Meeting Law. Currently, these panels are ...

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Idaho Landfill to Start Turning Trash Into Gas Energy in May

Officials say a landfill in southern Idaho could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes as early as May. The Milner Butte Landfill near the town of Burley produces methane and other gas from millions of tons of decomposing ...

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