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Oregon lawmakers consider bill to form a hemp commission

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish a hemp commission in the state to raise money for research and promotion. The Capital Press reported Thursday that House Bill 2740 would pay for the commission ...

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City votes to relocate The Cabin to make way for new main library (access required)

Following months of controversy, a decision has been made by The Cabin’s landlord — the city of Boise — to relocate the popular literary arts organization, clearing the way for a new main library. After four hours of public comment, the Boise ...

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Bill to increase Idaho election finance transparency fails

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Legislation intended to make more public who is donating to candidates and political causes in Idaho has been put on hold after a diverse array of nonprofit groups on Friday complained it would force them to reveal donors who wished ...

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A third congressperson for Idaho is not looking likely

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Last year, it looked like Idaho could have been in line for a third congressional representative and another vote in the Electoral College. But new projections are casting doubt. Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country. But ...

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Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease. As of Tuesday, there were 63 confirmed cases ...

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Idaho moves toward legalizing industrial hemp (access required)

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After last year’s Farm Bill made it legal nationwide, Idaho is taking steps to legalize growing and shipping of non-psychoactive cannabis products such as industrial hemp and CBD oil. Growing and shipping such products is now legal nationwide if they ...

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Autonomous vehicles stalled for the session (access required)

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Although an interim gubernatorial committee on autonomous vehicles issued a draft report recommending Idaho allow their testing and deployment, it’s looking like that’s not happening during this legislative session. “I have been told [the Idaho Transportation Department] is not bringing any ...

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House urges federal agency to issue steelhead fishing permit

Legislation to urge federal officials to complete work on a federal permit requested by Idaho to make sure the state can open a steelhead fishing season this fall has cleared the House. The unanimous voice vote on Tuesday sends to ...

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