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Idaho Controller: Scammers stole roughly $500,000 from state

The FBI is investigating after scammers stole roughly half a million dollars of Idaho state payments that were intended to go to state contractors. Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf’s office revealed the theft in a prepared statement released late Friday ...

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Boise adopts hand-held phone ban for drivers

It’s now illegal to use a hand-held device while driving in Boise. The city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning hand-held cell phone use while driving during a meeting on Tuesday. The new rule means drivers in the capital city ...

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S. Idaho school faces budget shortfall, spending freeze

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho school district is freezing most spending through June due to a $1.4 million budget shortfall. The Twin Falls School District says a drop in student numbers meant less money from the state, ...

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Coronavirus will likely reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak will reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone National Park, according to tourism officials, but the impact will be small compared to the national effect. “Yes, we would anticipate it having some effect, but they ...

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Idaho bill would outlaw abortion if Roe v. Wade is reversed

Legislation introduced Monday would make abortion a crime in Idaho should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide. The Senate State Affairs Committee gave the OK for a potential hearing on the measure. ...

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Organizations ask Idaho high court to open execution records

Several news and legal organizations have told the Idaho Supreme Court that they believe state prison officials are required to reveal the source of drugs used in executions under public records law. The American Bar Association, the Idaho Association of ...

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Idaho Statesman journalists announce plans to unionize

Journalists at a major daily newspaper in Idaho announced plans to unionize on Monday. All of the eligible newsroom employees at the Idaho Statesman in Boise signed onto the plan to form the Idaho News Guild, according to a prepared ...

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Companies altered road test results given to Idaho agency

Companies that are responsible for checking the quality of Idaho’s road materials have altered the results of their asphalt tests thousands of times, government documents show. Those changes may have allowed contractors that repair and build Idaho’s highway infrastructure to ...

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Idaho U.S. senators tout economy and judicial appointments

The United States is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges, Idaho’s two U.S. senators said Thursday. Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in speeches to state lawmakers in ...

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US pushes changes to Western land plans that judge blocked

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by a declining bird species. A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump ...

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