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Idaho governor makes appointment to vacant Idaho House seat

Republican Gov. Brad Little has filled a vacancy in the Idaho House of Representatives following a former lawmaker’s expulsion. Little on Tuesday appointed Tim Remington of Coeur d’Alene to fill the seat left vacant when Republican John Green was expelled ...

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Long-serving Idaho state senator won’t seek re-election

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said Thursday he won’t seek re-election. Hill has served in the Idaho Senate for 19 years, more than half of that as Senate president pro tempore. He served under four governors. The retired accountant ...

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Getting healthcare in rural Idaho areas could become easier

Idaho residents in rural areas would have easier access to healthcare under proposed legislation that moved to the full House on Thursday. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the legislation that deletes a requirement that two-way audio and visual ...

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December unemployment rate remains unchanged at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9% in December for the sixth consecutive month. An additional 2,329 people made themselves available for work in December, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force up to 889,092. The number of unemployed decreased ...

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Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild ...

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Idaho budget committee OKs increase in rainy-day funds

The amount of money in Idaho’s rainy-day fund that serves as a cushion against a potential economic downturn would increase under proposed legislation put forward Friday. The Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s recommendation and voted for ...

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Idaho Health and Welfare seeks $3.7 billion overall budget

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Monday asked for an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year’s budget. Director Dave Jeppesen told the ...

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Chase to consolidate Idaho Falls-area branches (access required)

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IDAHO FALLS – Chase Bank is consolidating two branches in this area. The bank is closing the branch in Idaho Falls proper, directing customers to a branch four miles away in Ammon, as of Jan. 30. The Idaho Falls branch ...

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Idaho school board unknowingly violated open meetings law

ARIMO, Idaho (AP) — A school district board has unknowingly violated the Idaho open meetings law for years after conducting its entire annual superintendent evaluation behind closed doors, a board chairman said. Marsh Valley School District 21 Board Chairman K.G. ...

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