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Trump takes aim at Obama’s efforts to curb global warming

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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By Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin/ Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to
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Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed his first pieces of legislation of sent to him by the Legislature. On Friday, Otter nixed a proposal requiring the state to offer state employee health insurance plans that utilize health savings accounts, or HSAs. Otter criticized the bill for having too many complications, arguing
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Idaho lawmakers introduce new health care plan

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House legislative leaders have introduced a last-minute health care plan to provide basic services the state’s neediest population. The plan has three main features. First, it would launch a new program for uninsured Idahoans or for those Medicaid to receive to receive coordinated care services. Second, hospitals would be directed
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Billionaire Gates meets with Trump to talk foreign aid

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Privately funded research utilizing government owned facilities validates the important role national laboratories have in advancing innovation. Bill Gates, American business magnate and chair of the nuclear reactor startup company TerraPower, LLC, and his staff toured the Materials and Fuels Complex at Idaho National Laboratory.

By Josh Boak/AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech billionaire Bill Gates is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and development as well as domestic education. Gates, who as the co-founder of Microsoft is the world’s wealthiest man, will highlight the “indispensable role that the United States has
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Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma, a protégé of Vice President Mike
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Idaho’s Workforce Development Task Force to Meet March 3

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

Idaho Department of Labor News Release Presentations from Idaho associations and state agencies will comprise the majority of the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force meeting March 3. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Conference Room on the first floor of the J.R. Williams Building, 700 W. State St. in Boise.
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Idaho bill seeks to block lawmaker emails from public view

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — All emails, texts and other communications between members of the Idaho Legislature would be considered private and blocked from public disclosure under a proposal introduced Wednesday. The measure would create a massive change to the Idaho Public Records Act by shielding most of the communications Idaho lawmakers
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Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Senate panel introduced legislation on Wednesday requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough science backing up that claim. Sen. Lori Den Hartog, a Republican from Meridian, says the goal
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Idaho House kills FBI background check bill

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Pocatello's FBI facility will be home to Virginia-based cyber security and data company Buchanan & Edwards starting in October. (Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE — The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation allowing FBI background checks on certain state employees. The bill’s sponsor warned that the state could lose millions of dollars the state Department of Labor relies on to pay federal unemployment benefits. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, decried the bill as “federal bullying,”
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Idaho House OKs bill banning profiling of motorcyclists

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
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By Shelbie Harris A new bill prohibiting law enforcement from profiling motorcycle riders passed the Idaho House of Representatives unanimously on Monday and will now head to the Senate for consideration. Rep. John McCrostie, D-Boise, spoke in favor of the bill, which prevents officers from pulling over people riding a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle paraphernalia
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