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News >  Idaho

U.S. nuclear lab partners with utilities to produce hydrogen

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

BOISE – The U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab is partnering with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored and used to power everything from industry to personal vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday said the Idaho National Laboratory will work with Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions, Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.

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Idaho Press Club sues Ada County over public record access

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

The Idaho Press Club has filed a lawsuit against Ada County, saying officials repeatedly violated Idaho’s Public Record Act in response to four separate public records request from journalists. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Attorney Deborah Ferguson asks a judge to order Ada County to release the public records. Ada County spokeswoman Elizabeth Duncan says the county looks forward to the judge weighing in on the matter.
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University of Idaho receives approval to sell Sandpoint property

The University of Idaho received approval from the State Board of Education Thursday to sell a 75-acre parcel of land in Sandpoint that has gone unused for more than a decade. The property will be sold to developer Tim McDonnell for $4 million, according to board documents.
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Residents of Harrison, Idaho, get OK to drink water after days without

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Chemical tests so far have revealed no contamination, but officials are waiting for the results of a final asbestos test before declaring the city’s water safe to drink. Bottled water is being handed out at town hall in the city of roughly 200 residents on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
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Court: Idaho must give transgender inmate gender surgery

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

BOISE – Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men’s prison, a federal appeals court said Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Idaho that the state’s denying the surgery for 31-year-old Adree Edmo amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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Mayor of Harrison, Idaho, resigns, citing fears for family’s safety and disagreement over development

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Kayleen Walker, who’s served as mayor of the small vacation town of roughly 200 people since 2017, resigned Aug. 6 after vandalism of her home near downtown. Walker said she believed she was being targeted for public comments about a former business owner convicted of lewd behavior with children and opposition to a contract with a developer about extending sewer service in town.
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Lawsuit seeks to halt construction of central Idaho trail

Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for hikers and bikers prohibited. Sawtooth Mountain Ranch owners David Boren and Lynn Arnone have been fighting construction of the trial with a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government and on Thursday filed new documents contending the proposed trail violates environmental laws.
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Idaho lawmakers ponder if counties should fund Medicaid expansion

A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court fees or tapping cash from a tobacco settlement reached nearly two decades ago. Those proposals and others were discussed Friday by the interim Legislative Committee, which is tasked with coming up with ways to pay for the voter-approved Medicaid expansion.
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Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining. The tribe contends in the lawsuit filed Thursday that Midas Gold is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to remain in the area where the tribe has hunting and fishing rights. Midas Gold has never mined in the area but has acquired existing mining claims