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Boise State University president to retire

Boise State President Bob Kustra talks to students on the university campus. File photo.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra is retiring June 30 after 15 years with the school. Kustra, 74, helped transform Boise State from a former commuter college into Idaho’s largest university during his 15-year tenure. He has expanded the schools ...

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Former Idaho insurance agent sentenced for fraud

A former south-central Idaho insurance agent who used customers’ insurance premiums for personal purchases has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. Forty-nine-year-old Mark J. Lee received the sentence on Nov. 13 in 4th District ...

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Idaho agency denies sex discrimination lawsuit allegations

A federal judge should dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit and not allow as evidence any recordings made by a former employee intended to prove her claims, an Idaho state agency says. The 8-page document filed Nov. 13 in U.S. District ...

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US sage grouse policy heading back to square one

Sage Grouse

Federal scientists and land managers who’ve been crafting strategies to protect a ground-dwelling bird’s habitat across the American West for nearly two decades are going back to the drawing board under a new Trump administration edict to reassess existing plans ...

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Idaho AG questions Medicaid expansion proposal

The Idaho Attorney General’s office flagged a handful of concerns while vetting a proposal seeking to expand Medicaid coverage through a ballot initiative rather than through the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature. In analysis completed Nov. 7, Deputy Attorney General Scott Keim ...

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Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. ...

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CEO of yogurt giant Chobani expands in Idaho despite turmoil

The Chobani plant in Twin Falls. File photo.

The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists. “I ...

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Sheepherder sues Idaho rancher, says he was unpaid for years


A former sheepherder says he was forced to work in near slave-labor conditions for years, stranded in a remote Idaho outpost with no transportation and barely enough food. The sheep rancher, meanwhile, says his former employee was semi-retired and allowed ...

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House approves bill to expand hydropower

Dworshak Dam near Orofino is one of the Bonneville Power Administration's 31 dams that produce hydroelectric power. Customers of the BPA are concerned about changes to the agency that could raise power bills in Idaho. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, would define hydropower as a renewable energy source and streamline the way projects are licensed, with primary ...

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