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Group announces instant racing bill; hearing blocked so far

A coalition of Idaho’s horsemen groups say their best hope to avoid financial ruin can’t even get out of the gate because lawmakers are unwilling to consider reapproving lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The Idaho Horsemen’s Coalition announced ...

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City of Fairfield to offer 3D printer training

The city of Fairfield is creating a class to train citizens on 3D printers and to attract businesses to the area. Fairfield was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Idaho Department of Labor after it applied for the department’s micro-grant ...

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Idaho Senate hears property tax exemption bill, will vote later (access required)

The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee passed a bill to cap property owner tax exemptions and now it will now go before the Idaho Senate. The Idaho Senate heard the bill Feb. 22, but did not assign it to ...

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Idaho committee backs school broadband legislation

An Idaho Senate panel is backing legislation that will allow public school districts to obtain their own broadband contracts after abandoning the previous statewide model that was deemed illegal last spring. The two proposals approved by the Senate Education Committee ...

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Lawmakers stall on Medicaid alternative, but talk expansion

Idaho’s lone alternative to Medicaid expansion isn’t dead, but it may be on life support. The estimated $30 million plan — pitched at the beginning of the legislation session by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter — would provide primary and preventative ...

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Idaho eyed as potential site for small nuclear reactors

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear site. The agency granted a site-use permit to Utah Associated ...

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Report: Boise’s cost of living not as low as some think (access required)

Boise’s cost of living isn’t as low as many believe, and its low wages are making it hard for employers to hire talent, according to a report by the Idaho Department of Labor. With unemployment below 4 percent, the search ...

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