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Idaho town eyes pricey wastewater facility upgrade

Officials in the south-central Idaho city of Heyburn have agreed to move toward asking a judge to approve a bond to cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade rather than asking voters to approve the bond. The Times-News ...

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Idaho Court of Appeals justice to retire at end of year

Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez, the state’s first and only Latino judge, will retire at the end of this year. According to the Idaho Judicial Council, Gutierrez’s retirement will be effective on Dec. 31. Gutierrez was first appointed ...

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Environmental group appeals BNSF second bridge permit

An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a second BNSF Railway Co. bridge. Court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action July 20 in 1st District Court, the Bonner County Daily ...

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Industry head: Tariffs could have big impact on US energy (access required)

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on European steel and Chinese goods pose a multi-billion-dollar threat to America’s energy industry, though a truce between the United States and Europe offers hope that trade tensions eventually will de-escalate, the head of a prominent ...

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Ada County treasurer charged with misuse of public funds

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer. According to court records, Wasden’s office filed the complaint July 25 against Vicky McIntyre, ...

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Idaho prison officials: Inmates hacked system to get credits

Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploited vulnerable software in the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts. The department’s special investigations unit discovered the problem ...

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Officials: Exploding targets ignite eastern Idaho wildfires

Federal officials say target shooters illegally using exploding targets on public land have started five wildfires in eastern Idaho and officials will pursue recovering the costs of fighting the fires from those responsible. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said ...

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Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in US West

Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their ...

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Health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym

That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set that up. Health care is shifting ...

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Idaho is among the lowest in the US for number of women judges

Idaho ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of women judges on the state’s courts. But nearly last is a slight improvement: In 2012, Idaho had the lowest percentage in the nation at just 12 ...

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