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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017





Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 7:51 a.m.

Idaho farmers turn to guest workers to fill labor gap

Farmers in southern Idaho are increasingly turning to the guest worker program to fill the gap left by the shrinking labor force in the state. The Capital Press reports that Idaho Department of Labor figures show applications from agricultural businesses seeking workers under the H-2A program increased by 32 percent from 2015...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017





Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, left, poses with Candlelight Christian Fellowship Pastor Paul Van Noy, in a photo Labrador sent out in a press release touting Van Noy’s endorsement of Labrador’s run for governor of Idaho. (Labrador campaign)

Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5:02 a.m.

Amid national debate over churches’ role in politics, Labrador touts pastor’s endorsement

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, is touting his endorsement by the pastor of a Coeur d’Alene church where Labrador recently held a large town hall-style gathering. It comes as U.S. House Republicans push to free up pastors to openly endorse candidates from the pulpit. But that’s not the law now–and experts say Labrador...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2017



TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 5:11 p.m.

Idaho agency denies sex discrimination lawsuit allegations

A federal judge should dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit and not allow as evidence any recordings made by a former employee intended to prove her claims, an Idaho state agency says. The 8-page document filed Monday in U.S. District Court by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game also asks that it be awarded attorney fees. The lawsuit filed...

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MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017


Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

Ahlquist goes after Little, Labrador with 'quiz' website

GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign has put up a new website criticizing rivals Brad Little and Raul Labrador, criticizing both as “professional politicians” who “do the darndest things with your tax dollars.” The site is online at sadchoiceidaho.com. It’s set up as a “quiz,” asking...

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Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

Idaho State Police lab faces heroin testing backlog

Forensic scientists with the Idaho State Police are struggling to keep up with the growing caseload of evidence waiting to be tested for heroin and other opioids. ISP scientist Corinna Owsley tells the Idaho Press-Tribune that each drug analyst with the agency does about 90 cases a month...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

This May 5, 2016, file photo provided by Global Supertanker Services shows a Boeing 747 making a demonstration water drop at Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP / File)

Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday sided with Global SuperTanker Services in its battle with the U.S. Forest...

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