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Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 6:50am

Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land.

The bump stock ban is just days away. What will owners do?

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:09am

David Lunsford is an avid gun owner with a firing range on his Texas spread. With bump stocks about to be banned by the U.S. government, he grudgingly decided to sell off his and let someone else figure out what to do with them.

Rancher under investigation after 29 dead cows found

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 6:56am

An Idaho sheep rancher is under investigation for animal cruelty after 29 dead cows were seen off Highway 395 near Pasco, Washington.

Idaho rancher under investigation in death of cows

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 12:05pm

An Idaho rancher says 29 of his cows died in winter storms in Washington state, but investigators suspect he let them starve.

Bill to improve rape kit testing in Idaho signed into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 2:37pm

Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation requiring sexual assault and rape kits to be tested with limited exceptions.

Bill limiting crop damage payments to farmers passes House

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 2:22pm

Legislation to limit how much the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has to pay ranchers and farmers for damage to crops caused by elk, deer and other big game is headed to Gov. Brad Little.

Senate OKs bill to make Idaho initiative process tougher

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 12:00pm

Legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot has narrowly passed the Senate.

Medicaid expansion bill starting point for interim committee

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:30am

Legislation to help pay for Medicaid expansion in Idaho by redirecting money that counties spend to pay medical bills for uninsured residents who seek medical care has been introduced.

Judge says Idaho prisons must reveal execution drug source

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 7:27am

A judge says Idaho prison officials must release several execution-related documents, including some that will reveal where the state obtained the lethal injection drugs used in its last execution.

Wyoming governor planning grizzly 'summit' with other states

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:56pm

Wyoming's governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit.

Bill increases penalty for attacking Idaho parks officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:43pm

Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little.

Senate committee OKs bill involving Medicaid expansion

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 3:41pm

An Idaho Senate committee has approved legislation involving Medicaid expansion that includes voluntary work and received significant positive comments from the public.

City council in Idaho urges mayor to resign after arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:33am

Officials in a western Idaho town have urged the mayor to resign following his arrest on a domestic battery charge earlier this month.

Idaho ballot initiative bill back on track after amendments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:27am

A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is back on track after being amended in the Senate.

Beer, wine sales approved for historic Idaho theaters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:33am

Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

Bill to create maternal death review panel signed into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:18am

Legislation to determine why so many Idaho women die while pregnant or from childbirth-related complications has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

Starting teacher pay raised to $40,000 in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 5:01pm

Starting teacher pay will increase to $40,000 annually in a move Idaho lawmakers hope will attract and keep more teachers in the state.

Idaho man charged after collision kills pregnant woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 12:01pm

An Idaho man is facing four felony charges after investigators say he drove drunk, fell asleep at the wheel and was in a collision that a killed pregnant woman.

Management plans rejected for 3 Northwest national forests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 11:28am

The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the recently completed management plans for three national forests in the Pacific Northwest, restarting the 15-year process to revise the plans.