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Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database

Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is aimed at cleaning voter records and preventing voter ...

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Discrimination lawsuit filed against University of Idaho

A woman who graduated from the University of Idaho’s law school in Moscow has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit contending the school failed to take adequate measures after she was sexually assaulted by another student. The lawsuit filed the week ...

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US home sales ticked up in September as Houston recovers

U.S. home sales rose slightly in September as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales. The National Association of Realtors said Oct. 20 that ...

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Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Oct. 19 by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more ...

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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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