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US official reiterates push to move land agency out West

A high-ranking U.S. Interior Department official on August 23 reiterated the agency’s strong interest in moving its Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the American West. The move isn’t a done deal, Susan Combs, an assistant secretary at Interior, said ...

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With autonomous vehicles, security is a looming concern (access required)

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After the most recent hearing of the state’s autonomous vehicles committee, which focused on security, attendees were frightened. “The consensus is, this is pretty scary stuff,” summarized Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), after hearing from each ...

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Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That’s according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly ...

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Horizon Air makes last flight to north-central Idaho airport

Horizon Airlines made its last flight into the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport on August 25, leaving local travelers with just one direct flight option. The Lewiston Tribune reports Delta/SkyWest is now the only air carrier still serving the Lewiston ...

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Tofurky sues to stop Missouri law over meat terminology

Vegetarian food-maker Tofurky filed a lawsuit in Missouri on August 27  seeking to defend its right to describe its products with meat terminology such as “sausage” and “hot dogs,” as long as the packaging makes clear what the ingredients are. ...

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Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 ...

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Idaho State athletic director placed on administrative leave

Idaho State athletic director Jeff Tingey has been placed on administrative leave by the school. The school says President Kevin Satterlee felt it was in the best interest of the university to place Tingey on administrative leave, but didn’t give ...

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Idaho agencies reach deal on recreation on state lands

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will pay about $360,000 a year to retain public recreation access to nearly 3,600 square miles of state land. The state Fish and Game Commission agreed on August 23 to pay the state endowment ...

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Idaho AG reaches settlement with Idaho Falls publisher

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced his office has reached a settlement with an Idaho Falls-based magazine publisher. According to Wasden’s office, Gary and Sharon Mueller — owners of the Idaho Life LLC — will pay roughly $8,400 in refunds ...

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