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Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office ...

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Idaho officials want to cap hundreds of artesian wells

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho in a plan that could help irrigators and a federally protected snail. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on ...

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Idaho’s Veterans Services Division struggles to hire nurses

The director of Idaho’s Division of Veterans Services says beds for veterans are going empty despite waiting lists because the agency can’t hire enough medical staffers. Director Marv Hagedorn told Idaho’s legislative budget-setting committee on Monday that it’s difficult to ...

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Complaint: Health facility staff weren’t fired after neglect

A complaint survey says two employees who falsified records and failed to check on a resident who died at an Idaho health care facility were not fired. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the employees at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center instead received more ...

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Startup uses tech to help farmers compare seed prices

HOPE, N.D. (AP) — A company with roots in Silicon Valley is trying to shake up the farm economy — and hundreds of farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas are dipping their toes in the waters. The Farmers Business Network ...

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Gov. Little seeks 3 percent merit raises for Idaho employees

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a 3 percent merit-based pay increase for state employees in his proposed budget. The Idaho Press reports state worker pay has lagged behind both the public and private markets. Little’s recommendation echoes the Idaho Division of ...

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Strong economy does little to lift department store sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy’s and Kohl’s ...

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Lawmakers can tap state experts to get grip on Idaho budget

Information is power, and Idaho lawmakers could have more of it this year with a new emphasis on sending non-partisan budget experts to House and Senate committees to explain the numbers in the financial requests of the state agencies they ...

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Some Nevada governments using blockchain for public records

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...

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Idaho commission denies sale of Avista to Canadian company

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Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto has been denied by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Spokesman-Review says Thursday’s action follows similar action last month by Washington regulators, who also denied the sale of the Spokane-based ...

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