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APNewsBreak: Montana says miner violated "bad actor" law

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:14pm

Montana officials singled out a mining company president as an industry "bad actor" on Tuesday, and said the company could have to reimburse taxpayers more than $35 million for past pollution cleanups if it wants to pursue two new mines in the state.

Delta misroutes puppy on cross-country trip

Melissa Gray and Marlena Baldacci, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:41pm

An Idaho man says his new 8-week-old puppy appears happy and healthy despite being flown across the country to the wrong airport — landing in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City before finally arriving in his arms Sunday.

Former Boise pastor charged with violating no-contact order

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:50am

A former Boise pastor who was held in an Iranian prison for nearly three years was arrested in Idaho on a misdemeanor charge of violating a no-contact order.

Why wildlife officials euthanize invasive species

Connor Richards,  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:05pm

A junior high school teacher in Preston, Idaho, made nationwide controversy after he allegedly fed a terminally ill puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students. Many are wondering why the Idaho Department of Agriculture euthanized the turtle.

Otter signs open meeting law expansion bill into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:33pm

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a bill that would expand Idaho's open meeting laws.

Idaho lawmakers discuss false claims on ballot initiatives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:41pm

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced a proposal making it illegal to knowingly lie while collecting signatures for state ballot initiatives.

Idaho lawmakers OK adult scholarship bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:06pm

A proposal that would funnel a portion of Idaho's scholarship fund to help adults finish their undergraduate degrees is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

Potential eruptions at Yellowstone geyser, world's largest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:53pm

Yellowstone National Park has reported a series of potential eruptions from the world's largest active geyser for the first time since 2014.

House OKs proclamation asking Idaho to refund ranchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:52am

Idaho's House has approved a proposal calling for the state to reimburse two ranchers for legal costs they incurred fighting the federal government.

Idaho House panel revives health care proposal

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:51am

An Idaho House panel has revived a previously spiked health care proposal designed to provide coverage to low-income Idahoans.

Community rallies around embattled Idaho teacher; woman who reported puppy's death feels threatened

Logan Ramsey, Idaho State Journal  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:00am

Although people from across the U.S. and beyond are calling for science teacher Robert Crosland to lose his job for allegedly dropping a sick puppy into a classroom aquarium containing a hungry snapping turtle, the vast majority of those who live in his community appear to be supporting him.

Officials say eastern Idaho reservoir unsafe for snowmobiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:27am

Authorities are warning snowmobilers to stay off the ice at eastern Idaho's Island Park Reservoir after two snowmobilers became stranded when their machine broke through the ice.

The Latest: Mining company to fight "bad actor" allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:17pm

The Latest on a mining company accused of violating Montana's "bad actor" law, which blocks individuals and companies that don't clean up old mines from starting new ones. (all times local):

Bill repealing 2016 non-compete law heads to governor's desk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:29am

A proposal reversing a contentious 2016 law that made it easier for Idaho employers to sue former employees over non-compete agreements is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

Idaho panel OKs funding for new reading test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:19am

Idaho budget writers have tweaked the spending plan for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra's office to include funding for a new statewide reading test for young students.

Idaho extends financial adviser contract on land dealings

B Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:14am

Idaho officials have approved extending the contract of a financial adviser guiding the state through the process of reinvesting millions of dollars from the sale of commercial and residential real estate.

Yellowstone bison slaughter protester pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:24pm

A man who chained himself to a concrete-filled barrel in an effort to prevent trucks from hauling Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter has pleaded guilty.

Brazilian meatpacker sells US cattle feedlot operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:15am

A Brazilian meatpacking company has sold its U.S.-based Five Rivers Cattle Feeding operation as part of a $1.8 billion divestment of assets.

Group aims to save performing arts center from demolition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:57am

A task force is working to save a more than 100-year-old church-turned-theatre in Lewiston from demolition.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arizona death penalty law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:46am

The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to Arizona's death penalty law.