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

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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Lawsuit seeks to stop juniper-removal project in Idaho

Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service, claiming a plan to improve wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho would remove hundreds of trees and shrubs while taking an illegal shortcut around environmental laws. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and two ...

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Oregon governor ready to take lead on divisive climate plan

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that she’s ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a political crisis in which Republican state senators fled the state for more than a week to ...

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Labrador narrowly elected chairman of Idaho Republican Party

Former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has been elected chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. Labrador on Saturday defeated former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna 111-109. The chairman is responsible primarily for overseeing the party’s goals of electing Republicans and ...

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New and altered laws take effect in Idaho

A law lowering from 21 to 18 the age limit for carrying a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training went into effect Monday. The law passed by Idaho lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. ...

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US releases environmental analysis of plan to stop fires

Federal officials have released a draft environmental analysis for a proposal intended to stop rangeland wildfires in a huge swath of the West that hosts cattle ranching and recreation and is home to imperiled sage grouse. The analysis released Friday ...

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