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House committee kills tribal gaming bill (access required)

A House committee voted Feb. 23 to kill a bill targeting tribal gaming. The House State Affairs Committee listened to about five hours of public testimony Feb. 21 and 22 on a bill sponsored by Rep. Thomas Loertscher, R-Iona, that ...

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Senate committee approves bill to create state health savings accounts

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee has approved a bill that would create a state-funded health savings account program for state employees. A health savings account is an employer-funded account that is paired with a high deductible insurance plan. ...

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Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval

photo of transmission line

An environmental group has filed an appeal seeking to stop the construction of two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project filed the appeal late the week of Feb. 13 with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Board ...

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Nearly a quarter million horses call Idaho home

A new report from the University of Idaho says that the state has an estimated 221,000 equines, including riding horses, draft horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, mules, and others of the species. The report is based on research carried out ...

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Ag economist: commodity prices will stay low for years to come

Commodity prices have fallen for several agricultural products over the last two years, and many may not rise again significantly in the near future. Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo chief agricultural economist, spoke at an agricultural forum hosted by the Nampa Chamber ...

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Idaho Lottery procurement bill heads to governor’s desk

Legislation requiring the Idaho State Lottery to comply with the state’s contracting laws is headed to the governor’s desk for approval. Lawmakers were alarmed earlier this year after learning that the lottery was asking potential vendors to provide information on ...

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Idaho officials discuss purchase of US Forest Service land

Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on buying federal public lands. State Forester David Groeschl of the Idaho Department of Lands told Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other members of the Idaho Land Board ...

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King’s Variety to close all of its stores, including 13 in Idaho

King’s Variety, which has 13 stores in Idaho and dozens more in surrounding states, is closing all of its stores. The Burley-based company released a statement Feb. 20 saying that changes to the retail climate had made business too difficult. ...

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Mining company’s lawsuit against Union Pacific moves forward

A federal judge has cleared the way for a lead and copper mining company’s lawsuit against Union Pacific over lead pollution to move forward. This lawsuit related to contamination in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is one of several pending between ...

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Bill exempting yoga regulation heads to Idaho House floor

A bill shielding yoga training from state regulations is headed to the Idaho House floor. The House Education Committee unanimously voted Feb. 20 to advance a measure that would exempt certain yoga instruction programs from being regulated just like for-profit ...

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