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Judge dismisses case challenging Idaho’s initiative process

A federal lawsuit challenging Idaho’s ballot initiative process as unconstitutional because it requires signatures from multiple legislative districts has been dismissed. Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye didn’t rule Tuesday on the merits of the case but said ...

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Idaho lags in boosting Latino student education achievements

Idaho’s State Department of Education has a long-term goal to improve tests scores and other education achievements by Latino students but the plan has seen little success in its first two years. The strategy for reaching those goals has been ...

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Signature collecting begins for school-funding initiative

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to raise more than $170 million for K-12 public schools by increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations have started collecting signatures to get the measure on the November 2020 ballot. The group started ...

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Lead, copper found in pipes of historic Moscow building

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Residents of an historic Idaho building are drinking bottled water after managers found elevated lead and copper levels in water coming from some taps. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the tainted water was found in Moscow’s McConnell Building. ...

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Modular home maker IndieDwell to open Colorado factory

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A company that builds energy-efficient modular homes aimed at providing more affordable housing plans to open a factory in southern Colorado. IndieDwell announced Monday that it will spend $13 million to convert an existing warehouse in ...

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House Speaker Bedke elected VP of state legislatures group

Idaho Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The group in a news release Monday says Bedke was elected Oct. 12 at the group’s Fall Executive Committee meeting. ...

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Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors’ Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate ...

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Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird ...

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Idaho Schools Superintendent seeks school budget boost

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she’ll ask the Legislature for a $101 million increase to the public schools budget next year. The Lewiston Tribune reports Ybarra made the announcement during a presentation at the ...

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Plan calls for fuel breaks to battle wildfires in 3 states

One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land ...

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