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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Tue., June 13, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

Idaho businessman vows to cut budget if elected governor 12 

Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist said Tuesday he'll slash $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018. Ahlquist didn't pinpoint what he plans to cut from Idaho's general fund, which totaled roughly $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2018, the AP reports...

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Lt. Col. Jeffery Weak

Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

Otter names new state cybersecurity chief

Gov. Butch Otter today named Jeffery Weak, a veteran U.S. Air Force information technology and cybersecurity officer, to be Idaho’s first state director of information security. The new position, approved by state lawmakers this year, is part of an array of efforts to beef up...

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Mon., June 12, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Idaho governor to lead Paris trade mission 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he will lead 11 aviation and aerospace companies on a trade mission to Paris. Otter announced Friday that he will be traveling to the International Paris Air Show next week. Along with representatives from the state's aerospace industry, the Republican governor will be joined by a team from the Department of Commerce...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017


Thu., June 8, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

Idaho high court: Unmarried gay partner has no custody right 

The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner. In the ruling handed down Wednesday, the unanimous court said that because Jane Doe's former partner is the one who was artificially inseminated and conceived the baby, and because the two women weren't married...

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Wed., June 7, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Interior chief to review sage grouse conservation plan

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the bird lives are fully consulted. While the federal government has a responsibility under the Endangered Species Act to protect the ground-dwelling bird, "we also...

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Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Idaho officials approve utility's plan to close coal plant 

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company's plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years ahead of schedule and raise monthly bills for customers to cover depreciation costs. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced Monday a settlement with Idaho Power to close the North Valmy Generating Station near Valmy...

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Tom Luna (Betsy Russell)

Wed., June 7, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Luna won’t run for Congress after all 

Former Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna, who announced earlier that he was considering running for the Idaho 1st District congressional seat the current Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate as he runs instead for governor in 2018, said today that he’s decided against running. “Cindy...

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter addresses the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in his annual speech to the business community. A crowd of about 500 attended the luncheon  with the third-term governor. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Wed., June 7, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, including refraining from raising taxes. And Otter outlined his top priorities for his final legislative session next year: Education and tax cuts...

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