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Construction begins on new Oregon crime lab in Pendleton (access required)

Construction has begun on the new Oregon State Police crime lab in Pendleton. The East Oregonian reports Fortis Constriction Inc. has started work on the foundation of the nearly $1.25 million project. The city issued a building permit for the 9,500-square-foot facility ...

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Wyoming county pulls funds as bank alters fossil fuel stance (access required)

A county in Wyoming is withdrawing funds from a national bank to protest its policy change concerning the financing of some coal, oil and natural gas projects. San Francisco-based Bank of the West recently announced the change that has stoked ...

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Proposed Lochsa River designation draws strong opposition (access required)

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Residents fear that agencies will have more authority over a northern Idaho river if it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A majority of people who attended a Wednesday meeting in Grangeville voiced ...

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Idaho: Federal judge erred scrapping forced oil leases (access required)

A U.S. District Court judge made a legal error, Idaho officials say, and should reverse his ruling that Idaho violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company. The Idaho ...

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Budget office warns Idahoans may face bigger tax bills (access required)

Idahoans may see smaller refunds when filing their 2018 taxes next year because of major changes tied to the new tax law, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s budget office warned on Monday. According to the Division of Financial Management, the state’s ...

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Idaho coalition to fight ‘historical horse racing’ (access required)

An Idaho group made up of state and local political leaders have launched a statewide effort to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize so-called “historical horse racing.” The group, known as Idaho United Against Prop 1, recently announced that ...

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Idaho coalition to fight ‘historical horse racing’

An Idaho group of state and local political leaders launched a statewide effort on Sept. 5 to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize “historical horse racing.” The group, known as Idaho United Against Prop 1, announced it was releasing ...

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US trade deficit widened to $50.1 billion in July

The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records. The Commerce Department said ...

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Companies seeking weight limit increases on US 93, Idaho 75

Two companies have asked the Idaho Transportation Department to allow heavier trucks on a dozen south-central Idaho bridges each year. The Times-News reports the proposed weight limit increase could mean fewer but heavier trucks on sections of U.S. 93 and ...

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Court: Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on streets

Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court said Sept. 4. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with ...

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