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Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas (access required)

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday ...

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Firms have financial options after disaster

Too often businesses hit by disaster – whether a natural disaster or a man-made occurrence – will close permanently. But with adequate planning – and some help from financial institutions – closure can be avoided. Lenders said that a business ...

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Businesses step up to help launch Children’s Museum of Idaho (access required)

Children in the Treasure Valley have a new place to play, explore and become inspired. The nonprofit Children’s Museum of Idaho, almost a dozen years in the making, opened to the public Dec. 2 at 290 S. Progress Ave. in ...

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Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief. Little in a news release Wednesday named Alex Adams as the next administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management. Adams is currently the executive director of the Idaho State Board of ...

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NY City Council holds contentious hearing on Amazon

New York City Council members grilled Amazon executives about the company’s plan to build a secondary headquarters in New York during a contentious hearing Wednesday that was interrupted several times by jeering protesters. The council members, who have no vote ...

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Weather, low storage, drive up the price of natural gas (access required)

Prices for natural gas have shot up recently the Opal trading hub in southwest Wyoming climbing to near $7 per million British thermal unit on Monday. Higher natural gas prices mean more tax money for the state of Wyoming’s coffers. ...

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US to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project

Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states. The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the ...

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Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy would ...

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