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H&W To Lay Off 126, Shut BF Office

About a third of the state’s field offices for the Department of Health and Welfare are being closed and 126 workers are being laid off within the next two months as the department struggles to cope with a shrinking budget. Department officials announced Tuesday that offices in American Falls, Bellevue, Bonners Ferry, Emmett, Jerome, McCall, Orofino, Rupert and Soda Springs would close within the next two months, and some services in the St. Maries office would be shifted to Coeur d’Alene. Department officials say the closures are expected to save about $7 million/Associated Press.


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