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Boise to use facial recognition technology at city hall

City officials say Boise is installing facial recognition technology at its city halls to keep “banned people” out of the government buildings. Mayor David Bieter’s spokesman Mike Journee says the city will spend $52,000 to install the technology at Boise ...

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Idaho city to mail settlement checks to utility customers (access required)

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The city of Pocatello is preparing to reimburse some residents for improper municipal utility fees the city charged between 2012 and 2014. The Idaho State Journal reports the money comes from a $4.5 million settlement reached ...

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Plans submitted to limit pollution in Spokane River

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Five of the largest entities releasing wastewater into the Spokane River have submitted their plans to limit a cancer-causing chemical from spilling into the waterway. Those plans all argue that a legal limit for polychlorinated biphenyls, ...

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Lawsuit seeks to stop juniper-removal project in Idaho

Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service, claiming a plan to improve wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho would remove hundreds of trees and shrubs while taking an illegal shortcut around environmental laws. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and two ...

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Oregon governor ready to take lead on divisive climate plan

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that she’s ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a political crisis in which Republican state senators fled the state for more than a week to ...

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US manufacturing growth slows in June for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity grew at a slower pace in June for the third straight month as measures of new orders and inventories fell. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its ...

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Labrador narrowly elected chairman of Idaho Republican Party

Former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has been elected chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. Labrador on Saturday defeated former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna 111-109. The chairman is responsible primarily for overseeing the party’s goals of electing Republicans and ...

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New and altered laws take effect in Idaho

A law lowering from 21 to 18 the age limit for carrying a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training went into effect Monday. The law passed by Idaho lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. ...

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Number of refugees resettled in Idaho drops by half

A new report from the International Rescue Commission finds that the number of refugees resettled in Idaho has declined by half since 2016. Boise State Public Radio reports in the 2016 fiscal year, Idaho resettled an average of 67 refugees ...

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US releases environmental analysis of plan to stop fires

Federal officials have released a draft environmental analysis for a proposal intended to stop rangeland wildfires in a huge swath of the West that hosts cattle ranching and recreation and is home to imperiled sage grouse. The analysis released Friday ...

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