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Idaho bill seeks to deter domestic abusers from owning guns

Idaho would become the latest state to prevent convicted domestic abusers from owning guns under a proposal headed to the House floor. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee, a Republican-dominant panel, on March 1 spent several hours debating the ...

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Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires. The Jasper II West timber sale on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests ...

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$200M Idaho tax cut plan headed to governor’s desk

What is billed as one of the largest tax reduction bills in Idaho’s history is expected to be signed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Senate members on March 1 approved the measure on a 26-9 vote, with just three Republican ...

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Idaho House OKs bill placing restrictions on bonds

Idaho’s House has advanced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait almost one year before a failed bond could be placed back on the election ballot. It’s not unusual for taxing districts to immediately re-run ...

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Kroger joins other big retailers, tightens gun restriction

Kroger is raising the minimum age to buy guns at its Fred Meyer stores, the third major retailer to place restrictions on gun sales that exceed federal law. Like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods a day earlier, Kroger on March ...

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Justice Department, Potlatch agree on Superfund settlement

A Washington state company with land holdings in Idaho will pay $6 million in a settlement with the federal government over the cleanup of a northern Idaho Superfund site. Potlatch Corporation and its subsidiary, Potlatch Land & Lumber, signed an ...

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US pending home sales slump 4.7 percent in January

The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell 4.7 percent in January to its lowest level in more than three years, due to a lack of homes for sale, higher prices and rising mortgage rates. The National Association ...

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Idaho lawmakers spike governor’s health care plan for needy

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Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s legislative proposal to provide health care to some of the state’s poorest residents came to a halt Feb. 27 after it failed to generate enough support inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse. Idaho’s House on Feb. 27 agreed ...

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US home prices jump in 2017 at fastest pace in 3 ½ years

U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor’s said Feb. 27 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national ...

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Lawmakers question loan forgiveness bill for rural teachers

A handful of Idaho lawmakers say they have too many objections to a proposal designed to retain teachers in rural areas by paying off some of their student loan debt. According to the bill, up to 500 eligible teachers who ...

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