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Oregon group files lawsuit to protect rare plant

A group of Oregon conservationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service after it reauthorized livestock grazing on grasslands within Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The lawsuit, filed in early January by the Greater Hells Canyon Council in La Grande, looks ...

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Director: Judicial turnover has state barely hanging on

Idaho Courts Director Sara Thomas said Jan. 16 the state has made big gains on improving court access and technology, but Idaho is barely hanging on when it comes to judicial turnover and vacancies. “We are holding on by the ...

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US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Jan. 16 over a long-term decline in international tourism to the U.S. and said they want to work with the Trump administration to reverse the trend. Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition said ...

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Plan to close Idaho health coverage gap moves forward

State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap. A committee of the Idaho House introduced legislation on Jan. 16 that would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act. ...

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Idaho governor offers limited support for residency plan

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is offering limited support for a 10-year plan that proponents say could increase the number of doctors practicing in the state. Proponents of the $16.3 million plan to fund additional medical residencies say it will ...

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Idaho hop production surpasses Oregon’s for the first time

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops. The agency released its annual crop production report Jan. 12 summarizing the 2017 crop year. It shows that peanut production jumped 30 ...

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Department of Correction looking to open re-entry center

The Idaho Department of Correction is looking to open a re-entry center in the Twin Falls area where as many as 120 minimum-security state prisoners could live and work. The proposed facility would offer the same type of programming and ...

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Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan

An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies. Franklin Energy is seeking to ...

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Unemployment insurance tax bill is first of the 2018 legislative session

The first bill introduced of the 2018 Idaho Legislature seeks to lower the cost employers pay in unemployment insurance taxes. If it passes, the proposal introduced Jan. 11 is expected to save employers a total of $115 million over the ...

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Idaho lawmakers undergo anti-harassment training

Idaho lawmakers on Jan. 9 underwent anti-harassment training following the wave of sexual misconduct allegations across state legislatures, businesses and entertainment industry. “It’s not like we felt there was a particular problem, but we’ve seen problems in parts of the ...

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