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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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Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party resigns (access required)

The chairman of the Idaho Republican Party has resigned. The party in a statement on Tuesday released Jonathan Parker’s resignation letter he sent on Monday. Parker says he’s resigning because the effort of maintaining a full-time job and being fully ...

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Liquor license bill being reworked (access required)

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A bill that would have made it easier for establishments that sell food to also sell liquor was held in the Senate State Affairs committee, but the bill’s sponsor hopes it can be changed before the legislative session is over ...

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New Idaho law to make overdose reversal drug more available

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed legislation into law Thursday aimed at reducing the number of opioid deaths in the state by making naloxone overdose reversal medication more available. The new law approved unanimously by the Legislature alters wording in an ...

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