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US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and are being conducted for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit ...

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Idaho governor creates group to cut state inefficiencies

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday issued an executive order forming a working group to find ways to cut inefficiencies in state government. Little announced the creation of the Regional Government Efficiency Working Group and named Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, ...

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Idaho governor says federal-state program may tame wildfires

Local, state and federal officials along with conservation groups and logging interests have to find common ground to reduce increasingly destructive wildfires in the U.S. West, Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday. He told several hundred participants at an Idaho Forest ...

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US home prices rose 3% year over year in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in February, a sign that several years of outsized gains in home values have created affordability challenges in many metro areas. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index ...

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Costco gets thumbs up for new Idaho Falls store (access required)

Idaho Falls residents clamoring for a Costco store have finally gotten their wish. A 150,000-square-foot Costco and a 15-30 pump fueling station were approved by the city of Idaho Falls on April 25, according to a news release. The City ...

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BSU set to unveil its Center for the Visual Arts this fall (access required)

The flagship in a sea of red brick buildings, the new Center for the Visual Arts at Boise State University (BSU) is nearing completion. Construction began two years ago and the building is scheduled to be finished this spring and ...

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Foundation to sell former site of Aryan Nations compound

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The former site of a white supremacist compound in Idaho soon will be on the market. The North Idaho College Foundation plans to sell the undeveloped 0.03-square-mile (0.08-square-kilometer) property near Hayden Lake and put the proceeds ...

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St. Luke’s named a top health system (access required)

St. Luke’s Health System has been named among the top 15 in the country by an industry analyst. IBM Watson Health published its annual list April 22 based on information gathered from publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction data. The milestone ...

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