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Idaho lawmakers reject removing campaign contribution limits

An Idaho legislative panel reviewing possible campaign finance reforms rejected a proposal Oct. 19 to lift the state’s campaign contribution limits. Instead, the 10-member bipartisan committee unanimously agreed that Idaho’s modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should ...

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Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as part of agricultural research activities. In the 18-page lawsuit filed ...

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US home construction tumbled 4.7 percent in September

Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the ...

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US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said ...

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Lawsuit: Supervisor threatened to strangle state worker

A former Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the agency that includes an allegation that a male supervisor threatened to strangle her with an extension cord. The seven-page lawsuit filed the week ...

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Alaskan picked to lead regional EPA office

Alaska state commerce commissioner Chris Hladick has been chosen to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office based in Seattle. Hladick will join the agency in December, the EPA said Oct. 16. Hladick will leave his state role Nov. ...

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Idaho candidates talk transparency in buildup to 2018

As the buildup to the 2018 election begins to accelerate, Idaho’s 30-year-old ethics laws are facing scrutiny as top candidates wrestle with how much of their finances they should disclose to voters. Idaho is one of just two states that ...

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State transportation department says $13.1M was saved by refinancing highway bonds

Officials with the Idaho Transportation Department say the state has saved $13.1 million in interest costs after refinancing bonds designates to improve the state’s aging highways. ITD announced Oct. 12 it worked with the Idaho Housing and Finance Association to ...

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US long-term mortgage rates rise for 2nd week, to 3.91 pct

Long-term mortgage rates rose for a second straight week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.91 percent, from 3.85 percent a week ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the 15-year home loan, frequently used by homeowners who ...

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Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Oct. 5 said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican’s economic interest disclosure ...

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