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Otter urges end to sexual harassment amid lawsuits

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter said Friday they are working to bring awareness to stop sexual assault and harassment and are encouraging Idahoans to step up their efforts also.

Perdue said to be Trump’s lead pick for Ag secretary

Sonny Perdue III, the former governor of Georgia, is president-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to be his U.S. secretary of agriculture, according to a person familiar with the matter. Perdue, 70, would succeed Secretary Tom Vilsack. Perdue met with Trump on Nov. 30 and told reporters they talked about agricultural commodities traded domestically and internationally. While Perdue is the front-runner, the decision isn’t final, the person said.

Chobani plans to expand Idaho yogurt plant

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Greek yogurt company Chobani plans to invest nearly $100 million in expanding its Idaho factory, already the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world. The New York-based company will begin producing yogurt-based dip and drinkable yogurt products at the Twins Falls factory this summer, reported the Times-News. Chobani said it will incrementally invest the $100 million in the plant.

Editorial: Education investment will pay off

Idaho’s lawmakers might be frustrated with results so far, but the state’s employers are counting on them to close what in a decade will be a critical skills gap.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho legal battles a financial boon to liberal causes

Here’s a delicious conspiracy theory. Idaho’s Constitutional Defense Fund – a taxpayer-funded account to pay for the state’s culture-war legal battles – is actually an elaborate, stealth operation to funnel money to organizations and attorneys supporting abortion, gay marriage and Occupy Boise. It is a secret strategy for Idaho lawmakers to finance the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and teachers unions.

CdA Tribe poker dispute headed for arbitration

A dispute between the state of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe over Texas Hold ’Em-style poker games at the Coeur d’Alene Casino is headed for arbitration. A May 2 lawsuit to halt the card games, which state officials say violate Idaho’s constitutional ban on poker, was premature, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in a Monday ruling.

Questions erupt over Lucky Friday

WALLACE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s shaft for safety reasons. “When I get home, that letter will be on its way to Washington, D.C.,” the governor told a standing-room-only crowd Monday during a town hall meeting in Wallace.