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Idaho House Minority Leader Erpelding will resign Friday

Democratic House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding announced Wednesday that he will resign on Friday. The Boise lawmaker said in a resignation letter to Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke that he’s joining the Boise Metro Chamber ...

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McLean defeats Bieter overwhelmingly in Boise mayoral race

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Boise City Council President Lauren McLean soundly defeated four-term incumbent Mayor David Bieter in Tuesday’s runoff election to become Boise’s first regularly elected female mayor. With all of the city’s 88 precincts counted, McLean had 65.5% to Bieter’s 34.5% of ...

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Critics say BSU diversity programs don’t work in real world. Top Boise employer disagrees (access required)

In the middle of a summer roiled by debates over the value of diversity and inclusion programs at Idaho universities, a Micron Technology announcement with international implications made waves locally. Boise-based Micron Technology hired Sharawn Connors, the company’s first vice ...

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Bingham Healthcare launches new weight loss program (access required)

Ribbon cutting at the Bingham Healthcare Specialty Clinic in Idaho Falls. Photo courtesy of Bingham Healthcare.

IDAHO FALLS – Bingham Healthcare held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its recently-renovated specialty clinic on Nov. 21 to kick-off its new weight loss program, EM-POW-ER. The new program builds on Bingham’s standing in Eastern Idaho for weight-loss care. EM-POW-ER is ...

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U.S. housing starts projected to increase 1.3% annually through 2023

U.S. housing starts are forecast to increase 1.3% annually in unit terms through 2023, according to a new national report. “Housing: United States,” a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports, says builders will benefit from population growth and household creation, ...

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Little calls for third-party review of lake water quality

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little is calling for a third-party review of Lake Coeur d’Alene water quality, as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has expressed frustration with management plans. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports for the past two decades, the ...

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New Idaho law targeting uninsured drivers effective Jan. 1

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new law in Idaho targeting uninsured drivers by suspending their vehicle registrations is expected to take effect Jan. 1, state lawmakers said. The state Department of Motor Vehicles can now cross-check vehicle identification numbers ...

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Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because it has now approved allowing warmer water temperatures in an area where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week ...

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Ohio selects rape kit tracking system created by Idaho

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio plans to use a system developed in Idaho that lets sexual assault survivors anonymously track the processing and testing of rape kits collected as evidence. The Plain Dealer reports legislators last year approved use of a tracking system. ...

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