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Officials: Idaho as ready as possible for wildfire season

Idaho is as prepared as possible for the approaching wildfire season, with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned drones that can be deployed, officials said June 19. Idaho ...

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US housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said June 19 that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the ...

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Idaho Supreme Court OKs delaying water battle arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement. Justices agreed on June 15 to reset the parties’ arguments sometime after July. The ...

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Idaho lawmakers search for ways to reduce prison population

Some Idaho lawmakers are taking a second look at recommendations to reclassify some felonies as misdemeanors as the prison population grows. The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee heard from state prison and probation officials and experts with the Council of ...

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Builder optimism fades in June

U.S. homebuilders lowered their confidence for sales prospects as lumber prices rise amid the threat of potentially costly tariffs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released June 18 fell two points to 68 in June. That’s ...

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Idaho nuclear research lab looking to downsize workforce

Officials at an eastern Idaho nuclear research lab want to eliminate 99 employees and hope they will take a voluntary separation agreement, they said in a notice to employees. The Idaho National Laboratory is looking to free up “resources for ...

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Fed sets limits on biggest banks’ loans to each other

The Federal Reserve has set limits aimed at addressing one of the leading causes of the 2008 financial crisis — the buildup of loans extended by one bank to another among the biggest Wall Street institutions. At a meeting June ...

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Worker protections seen at risk in Trump health care shift

The Trump administration’s latest move against “Obamacare” could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and insurance experts. At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent ...

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Idaho asks Texas oil company to explain ‘discrepancies’

Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls “discrepancies” involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation ...

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Idaho officials propose spending $500M on prison expansion

Idaho officials are considering spending $500 million on a prison expansion and new state prison to alleviate the state’s overcrowded facilities. Corrections officials told state Board of Correction on June 11 that the expansion is needed because all of Idaho’s ...

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