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Idaho officials pitch land swap in Lochsa River basin

Idaho officials are pitching a north-central Idaho land exchange involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that could result in Idaho receiving deed to some federal lands. The proposal calls for Western Pacific Timber to deed 38,000 ...

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Groups say central Idaho mine leaking pollution into river

An environmental group and environmental law firm say they’ll file a lawsuit against the state of Idaho if Idaho officials continue what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act at an abandoned mine in central Idaho. The ...

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Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they would work

As a tool of national trade policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts regarded as mutually harmful to all nations involved. But President Donald Trump has dusted them ...

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US construction spending up 1.8 percent in April to record

U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years. The April gain reversed a 1.7 percent drop in March, the Commerce Department reported June 1. The ...

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Idaho’s legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders announced May 30 that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter might call a special legislative session to address a water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said all stakeholders have reached an ...

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Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now

Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald’s to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn’t have kiosks to take orders, people didn’t use smartphones to pay, ...

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Survey: US businesses add a solid 178,000 jobs in May (access required)

U.S. businesses added 178,000 jobs in May, according to a survey, a solid total but below the average monthly gains accumulated over the winter. Payroll processor ADP said May 30 that hiring was strong in construction, education and health care, ...

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Federal judge refuses to dismiss whistleblower lawsuit

A federal judge has narrowed the claims in a whistleblower case against the Idaho Department of Labor, but indicated he’ll likely allow the case to go to a jury trial. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ...

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Court: more study needed on Yellowstone-area gold mining

A gold exploration proposal just north of Yellowstone National Park has suffered a significant setback with a court ruling released May 26 that faulted Montana officials for understating mining’s potential harm to land, water and wildlife. The ruling from a ...

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Equilar, AP Study: Highest-paid CEO in Idaho is at Boise Cascade

Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than that for ...

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