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GOP operative dissolves Idaho PAC, money flows to new group

An Idaho political action committee backed by a top Republican strategist and fundraiser has dissolved, according to documents filed with the secretary of state’s office. Now, big bucks are being directed to the new Idaho First PAC by donors who ...

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Post Falls railroad crossing upgraded following fatal wreck

A railroad crossing in a northern Idaho city has been upgraded with additional safety features nearly a year after a wreck between a car and train caused the death of a 15-year-old girl. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports the Union ...

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Montana recommends against Yellowstone grizzly hunt in 2018

Montana wildlife officials are recommending against holding a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after the animals lost their federal protections across a three-state region around Yellowstone National Park. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Martha Williams said Feb. 8 the state ...

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Court: Idaho nuclear waste documents won’t be made public

U.S. officials don’t have to provide details about proposed shipments of extremely radioactive spent commercial nuclear fuel to the country’s top government nuclear research laboratory in Idaho, a federal court has ruled. The ruling was a major setback to a ...

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Idaho prisons director seeks 7 percent budget boost

Idaho’s top prison official wants about a 7 percent budget increase, with much of the money going to fund beds and services for the state’s growing prison population and to revamp the state’s computer system for tracking inmates. If approved, ...

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Plan to close Idaho health coverage gap advances to House

A proposal to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap is headed to the House floor for debate. House Health and Welfare Committee members spent several hours Feb. 7¬†hearing public testimony before voting 7-5 to advance the proposal. If approved, the bill ...

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House passes $200M tax cut plan after exchanging fireworks (access required)

A sweeping $200 million tax cut plan is headed to the Idaho Senate after House lawmakers spent several hours Sept. 7 exchanging accusations and heated remarks while debating the merits of the proposal. “This bill tries to make Idaho more ...

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Report: Demand for hops has peaked

Production of hops has grown dramatically in the United States since 2012, and no more acreage is needed to meet the demand for the plant that flavors beer. That’s according to a new report from the Yakima, Washington-based trade group ...

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Higher menu prices help Chipotle key sales figure

Chipotle, which has been struggling to turn its business around after a series of food safety scares, said a key sales figure rose in the fourth quarter as it raised menu prices and paid less for avocados. The burrito chain ...

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New bill would regulate electric bikes in Idaho

Idaho would join 27 other states to define and regulate electric bicycles under a newly introduced bill. Rep. Phylis King, a Democrat from Boise, said Feb. 6 her legislation would create three categories of e-bikes. If approved, cities and counties ...

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