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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The evolving ...

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Idaho utility continues attempt to negate Oregon fish law

An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River. Idaho Power on Feb. 16 petitioned the ...

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US home construction jumps 9.7 percent in January

Groundbreakings on new homes jumped 9.7 percent in January to the highest level since October 2016, welcome news for a housing market struggling with a shortage of homes for sale. The Commerce Department said Feb. 16 that housing starts came ...

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Otter defends Little’s involvement in state health care plan

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Feb. 15 defended Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s involvement in a plan to reduce health care coverage for Idahoans. Little is running as a Republican candidate in the high-profile race for governor now that Otter isn’t ...

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Bill would require tax increase estimates in bond elections

An eastern Idaho lawmaker says election ballots should include property tax increase estimates for all bond proposals. Republican Rep. Ron Nate of Rexburg said Feb. 15 his bill provides voters with valuable information when deciding whether or not to approve ...

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Lawsuits challenge US cuts to anti-teen pregnancy grants

Nine organizations covering several states have filed lawsuits seeking to reverse a decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to cut short funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. The lawsuits were filed Feb. 15 on behalf of three Planned Parenthood affiliates, ...

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Draft report: Idaho public defenders get just 4 hours a case

The state’s public defenders spend a fraction of the time they need to provide proper representation to poor people caught in the criminal justice system, according to a draft study by the Idaho Public Defense Commission. The Associated Press obtained ...

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Chobani CEO talks online groceries and yogurt giveaway

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In the span of a decade, Chobani went from being in just one supermarket to becoming the country’s best-selling yogurt brand. It hasn’t all been smooth — the company faces more competition than it used to, and has been embroiled ...

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Bill would create fraud and abuse investigator in Idaho

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett is backing legislation that would create a new office to investigate concerns about government fraud, waste or abuse. Stennett, a Democrat from Ketchum, pitched the idea to the Senate State Affairs Committee on Feb. 12. ...

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Idaho lawmakers introduce 2 new tax cut plans

Idaho lawmakers have introduced two alternative tax cut plans to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s $200 million tax relief package. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee agreed Feb. 12 to give the alternative tax proposals a full hearing later this session ...

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