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Transportation director resigns after Idaho school bus crash

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Officials with the Blaine County School District say its transportation director has resigned following a school bus crash that rolled over and injured more than a dozen students in April. Superintendent Dr. GwenCarol Holmes said on May 11 that Rex ...

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As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

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As farmers fret over President Donald Trump’s criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. The new undersecretary position is a sign ...

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No drought warnings in Northwest for first time since 2011

For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn’t showing any signs of drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that Oregon, Washington and Idaho are free from drought worries. In fact, flooding has prompted disaster declarations in ...

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Report: US farmers forecast to harvest smaller wheat crop

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The Agriculture Department is forecasting a far smaller U.S. winter wheat crop than a year ago, led by a downturn in expected production out of Kansas. The department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on May 10 predicted the 2017 crop would ...

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Whole Foods shakes up board as key sales figure falls again

Whole Foods arrived in downtown Boise in November 2012. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Whole Foods announced a board shake-up and cost-cutting plan May 10 as it fights to hold onto shoppers who have more choices about where to buy the natural and organic foods the chain is known for. The company also said ...

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Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted ...

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Idaho Power wants to speed closure of Nevada coal plant

Idaho Power has announced its intention to close a Nevada coal plant it co-owns with NV Energy 10 years sooner than planned, a move that would shutter both units at Nevada’s last utility-owned, coal-burning power plant by 2025. Idaho Power ...

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US construction spending slipped in March

Workers at a Boise construction project.

U.S. builders trimmed construction spending slightly in March, one month after building activity hit an all-time high. Construction spending slipped 0.2 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted $1.218 trillion, the Commerce Department reported May 1. In February, it rose ...

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Below-normal wildfire risk expected for Idaho this year

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Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said May 1. The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in ...

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