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Feds pay $24 million to Idaho ag operations over trade war

The federal government has paid $24 million to Idaho farms and dairies in an effort to help them survive financial losses caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars. But farmers and industry leaders across the state say the payments — ...

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Paid administrative leave adds up for Idaho state employees

Paid administrative leave among Idaho state employees over 11 months cost the state about $2 million, a newspaper investigation has found. The Idaho Press reports in a story on Sunday that nearly 3,000 state employees were on paid administrative leave ...

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Idaho governor wants more cuts to state regulations

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other top Republican elected officials said Friday that pruning thousands of pages of administrative rules could become standard practice each year. Little, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, all Republicans, ...

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Lawsuit filed to restore mountain caribou

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for endangered mountain caribou in the inland Northwest. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Idaho by groups including the Center ...

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More than half of Idaho’s job service offices to close doors

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The Idaho Department of Labor plans to eliminate more than half of its job service offices in the state, officials said. Fourteen of the 25 offices will close by September, the Idaho Press reported Monday. In the last 10 years, ...

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Boise to use facial recognition technology at city hall

City officials say Boise is installing facial recognition technology at its city halls to keep “banned people” out of the government buildings. Mayor David Bieter’s spokesman Mike Journee says the city will spend $52,000 to install the technology at Boise ...

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Idaho counting on 2020 Census dollars (access required)

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The upcoming census is important for more than just the bragging rights that Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the Union: Millions of dollars ride on the outcome. An undercounted Idahoan in the 2020 Census could cost the state between $1,200 and ...

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