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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

Groups move to ban cyanide traps that kill predator animals

Predator-killing cyanide traps such as one that sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog should be banned, environmental groups told the federal government Thursday. The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to outlaw the spring-activated devices called M-44s. The traps...

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Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Catching up on the news...

The depths of summer used to be such a slow news time that a week off wouldn’t yield a ton of missed news – but not this year. Here’s a catchup on some of the news from the past week while I was off...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2017

Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 1:20 p.m.

An oddity in the filings...

Among the candidacy and statement of campaign treasurer filings at the Idaho Secretary of State’s office is an oddity: Three fairly obscure candidates who have filed to run for governor, all as Republicans, all listing the same campaign treasurer, Britne Tingey. Deputy Secretary of State...

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Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

Former Commerce chief Sayer signs on with Hagedorn campaign

Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, has announced the endorsement of former state Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, who is joining his lieutenant governor campaign as its treasurer. Sayer said he’s signing on with Hagedorn – who’s facing four other Republicans vying for the post thus far – because he believes economic development...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2017

Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:33 p.m.

Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract 

A dairy group in south-central Idaho has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county's new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a prospect that already has sparked large protests in the community. Idaho Dairymen's Association...

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This Aug. 8, 2016, photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Co. shows Simplot Plant Sciences Innate Generation 2 genetically engineered potatoes at the Michigan State University field that have survived after being infected with late blight disease, the disease that led to the Irish potato famine. (AP / Nicolas Champouret)

Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Canada OKs Idaho company's genetically engineered potatoes

Canadian officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat. The approval confirmed by Health Canada officials on Thursday means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada...

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Idaho state Rep. Kelley Packer looks at the signable map of Idaho on her campaign-logo RV; she’s one of five GOP candidates running for Idaho lieutenant governor. (Kelley Packer campaign)

Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds 

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part-time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post in 2018, and the latest campaign finance reports show they’re amassing campaign funds from a variety of sources – including their own pockets...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 1, 2017

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

Spring reading scores show signs of improvement

One year into an $11.25 million-a-year literacy initiative, Idaho reading scores are trending upward, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News. More kindergarten through third-grade students are reading at grade level -- and fewer students are lagging behind. But the most recent reading scores also...

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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

The three leading GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018, from left, Tommy Ahlquist, Brad Little and Raul Labrador, speak at an Idaho GOP forum in Coeur d’Alene on July 21, 2017. Newly filed campaign finance reports show the three combined already have raised more than $1.8 million for their campaigns. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., July 31, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up 

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP contenders for the post already have raised more than $1.8 million combined for their campaigns. The reports – the first filed since the contest shaped up into a competitive battle between...

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