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CFAC pulls back unused COVID funding, spends $4,728,933 (access required)

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The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee at its Oct. 28 meeting pulled back $15.6 million that the Departments of Labor and Commerce returned to it. The committee then allocated $4.7 million to Information Technology Services to help mitigate the explosion of ...

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For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

In this Dec. 10, 2014, photo provided by the Idaho Department of Correction is Adree Edmo. A federal appellate court hears arguments Thursday, May 16, 2019, in a lawsuit brought by Adree Edmo, a transgender Idaho inmate, who says the state is wrongly denying her gender confirmation surgery. (Idaho Department of Correction via AP)

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them ...

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New Boise Water Renewal Utility Plan goes with the flow (access required)

After nearly five years of planning, the City of Boise is heading toward its 20-year implementation phase of a Water Renewal Utility Plan, and discussions of funding that plan are currently underway. Officials are proud of the public engagement used ...

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Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by ...

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Legislators consider ways to increase intrastate air travel

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in Idaho have considered ways to increase air travel in the state as flights have been reduced or eliminated in recent years, stunting economic growth. Horizon Air stopped direct flights from the Lewiston airport to ...

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A tale of two governors, Idaho and Washington state

This is a tale of two governors and the importance they place on every state’s largest job-generator, small businesses. One governor, Idaho’s Brad Little, believes having that generator well-oiled is the best way to aid his state’s recovery from the ...

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Idaho OKs contract to distribute low-income education money

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Monday approved a contract with Florida-based vendor ClassWallet to distribute $50 million in federal coronavirus emergency money to low-income families to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho State Board of ...

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Public lands official defends job despite judge’s ruling

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top official at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said on Oct. 15 he’s still working despite a federal judge ruling he’s illegally holding the position. “I love this job,” William Perry Pendley said, adding ...

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Kootenai County looks to election to improve its highways (access required)

Highway construction on I-90 east of Coeur d'Alene. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Transportation Department.

Kootenai County has a problem. Its highways were last updated back when President Richard Nixon resigned. Since that time, the county’s population has exploded 340% and all those people are driving around on 800 miles of antiquated highways more than ...

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