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  • Plan to ban instant horse racing in Idaho heads to governor

    The state House voted Thursday to repeal a law allowing roughly 200 slot-like betting machines in Idaho and sent the measure to the governor even though the state's faltering horse racing industry says the bill would put it out of business.
  • Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, March 17, the 76th day of 2015. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On March 17, 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick's Day parade. On this date: In 1776, British...

    Firefighting plan aims to protect Western habitat

    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has released the initial plan for a new wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species. The 27-page...

    Idaho schools are saving state money on broadband services

    Idaho school districts are saving the state millions of dollars after being forced to negotiate their own broadband services to replace a state contract that was deemed illegal earlier this year. State budget writers Monday approved allocating $6.3...

    Former Idaho governors aim to stop nuclear waste shipments

    Former Idaho Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus filed a notice Thursday of their intent to sue the federal government over a proposal to ship spent commercial nuclear fuel rods to Idaho. The notice was sent to the U.S. Department of Energy involving...