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Judge to decide tomorrow on injunction on big Highway 12 shipments

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A state judge says he will take a day before deciding whether ConocoPhillips can begin hauling massive loads of oil equipment along U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. Last week, 2nd District Judge John Bradbury put a temporary halt on the company’s plans to truck four oversized loads along the federally protected scenic river corridor. Bradbury heard more than two hours of testimony during a hearing Monday in a lawsuit filed by three Idaho residents seeking a permanent block on the shipments. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Bradbury intends to review arguments and issue a ruling Tuesday. Opponents say the shipments would threaten public safety, pose a risk to the pristine corridor and hurt the region’s tourism industry.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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