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Conservation groups challenge exploratory drilling plan

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a mining company’s plan to do exploratory drilling about 55 miles northeast of Boise. The Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United and Golden Eagle Audubon Society ...

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Idaho Senate panel approves divisive water quality rules

An Idaho legislative panel has approved new water quality standards tied to fish consumption rates, which critics argue places the state’s Native American residents at a higher risk of cancer than their non-Indian counterparts. Officials with the Idaho Department of ...

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Otter’s ‘Medicaid gap’ proposal headed to tax committee

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposal to provide basic medical coverage to people who fall in the so-called “Medicaid gap” has been split into two separate bills, meaning the plan will have to pass through two separate committees to succeed. The ...

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Rule would allow teachers to work without certification

Both legislative education committees have approved a rule allowing districts to use a non-traditional route to fill teaching vacancies. The Senate Education Committee voted in favor of the rule Jan. 19, Idaho EdNews reported. It would allow districts to hire ...

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Legislative committee votes to ease fire alarm rules in smaller schools

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee approved a rule Jan. 19 that would ease fire alarm requirements in a host of buildings — including smaller schools. Under the rule change, fire alarms would be required only in school buildings ...

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Economists see more growth for US economy, housing in ’16

A robust U.S. economy and job market, plus low mortgage rates, should help keep the recovery in the new-home market going at a modest pace this year, but a return to pre-housing boom sales and construction levels isn’t imminent. That’s ...

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Group calls on college students for help in raising tobacco tax (access required)

An effort to raise Idaho’s cigarette tax to supplement college tuition isn’t backed by any large businesses or wealthy investors. Instead, its founder, William Moran, will rely on college students for support. Moran’s group, Stop Tuition Hikes, seeks to raise ...

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Boise parking meter rates are expected to rise (access required)

Downtown Boise parking meters have been evolving over the past few months. Next up is the first rate increase since 2000. In September, 900 of the city’s 1,300 parking meters were replaced with credit card-enabled meters and street sensors that ...

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Idaho Legislature will consider increasing several business regulatory fees (access required)

The Idaho Legislature will consider increasing several business licensing and regulatory fees in response to a report analyzing the funding of Idaho’s health districts. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee received the report, which was commissioned by a legislative committee, on Jan. ...

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Eagle software company acquired by Dallas event producing firm (access required)

Dallas-based Freeman has acquired the Eagle startup Klowd.com for an undisclosed price. The six-person Eagle crew will continue creating the software here for event attendee engagement as Klowd.com has done since Ken Holsinger founded the company in 2011. Freeman is ...

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