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Idaho tax bill advances despite gay marriage objections

The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Jan. 24 to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, despite facing objections from two lawmakers who argued the state should not be recognizing same-sex marriages. The Idaho Legislature ...

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Proposed bill would exempt gasoline hybrids from registration fee (access required)

Several lawmakers and trade associations have called for the Legislature to prioritize increasing transportation funding, but a newly proposed bill would remove money. Rep. Steven Harris, R- Meridian, proposed a bill to exempt gasoline powered hybrids from the $75 registration fee that ...

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Idaho to stop enforcing telemedicine abortion bans

Women will no longer be banned from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine in Idaho under a new agreement. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands announced Jan. 23 that the lawsuit settlement lifts unnecessary burdens on women ...

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A word with Randy Schubert of Life’s Kitchen (access required)

Randy Schubert is the executive director of Life’s Kitchen, a Boise nonprofit that provides job training for at-risk youth through its catering services and a café. Life’s Kitchen, which is now based in a former motel near the Boise State ...

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Judge orders Idaho to destroy elk and wolf wilderness data

Idaho must destroy all information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area, a federal judge ordered Jan. 19. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in ...

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Department of Commerce plans to increase spending on tourism

Idaho is collecting more money than expected from its 2 percent travel and convention tax, and the Idaho Department of Commerce is asking the Legislature for authority to spend it. The Department of Commerce had budgeted for a 7 percent annual ...

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North Idaho drone company tripled revenue in 2016 (access required)

The North Idaho drone company Empire Unmanned tripled its revenue last year and is expecting another year of strong growth in 2017. Empire Unmanned launched in January 2015 after receiving an FAA exemption to operate drones for commercial purposes. The company ...

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Feds reject Idaho utility’s bid to negate Oregon fish law (access required)

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Federal authorities have rejected a request by an Idaho utility to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon. The ...

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At some workplaces, cafeteria lunch is a perk (access required)

If “company cafeteria” conjures up an image of mystery meat and steam tables, you’re out of date. Many company cafeterias today stress healthy choices, and they promote their lunchtime options as an employee benefit. Albertsons’ Boise Café includes a wok ...

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