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Oil company wants royalties lawsuit moved to federal court

A Texas-based oil and gas company wants a state lawsuit alleging fraud and breached leases over Idaho natural gas royalties moved to federal court. Alta Mesa submitted notice Thursday in U.S. District Court seeking to move the complaint filed last ...

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Kuna considers resurrecting urban renewal district

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In an effort to improve its infrastructure to attract business, Kuna is looking at a number of mechanisms to raise funding, including resurrecting an urban renewal agency. Kuna set up the urban renewal agency in 2011 in response to bills ...

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Federal agency taking comments on predator killing in Idaho

A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. “We’re going into this with ...

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Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning ...

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Department of Commerce awards two IGEM grants (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded two grants, totaling more than a half-million dollars, that will help two Idaho companies bring new technologies to market. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) program, through the Department of Commerce, offers grants ...

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Idaho Supreme Court: No cap on awards for whistleblowers

There is no cap on how much money juries can award whistleblowers who successfully sue their employers, the Idaho Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling. Idaho’s tort claim law limits the amount of money that can be awarded to ...

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday. Idaho Power said the two states ...

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USDA says states can’t block hemp transports

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says states can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp, but law enforcement in Idaho says it won’t follow those guidelines. Hemp doesn’t get a person high, but it still contains trace amounts of the chemical ...

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Idaho, Oregon senators seek to help with rural timber losses

U.S. senators from Idaho and Oregon on Thursday touted legislation they introduced to create an endowment to replace revenue lost by rural counties due to declines in timber cutting on federal lands. Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho ...

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