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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A charter the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in northern Idaho had with Boy Scout troop 911 has expired following the Boy Scouts of America opening its ranks to gay scouts. The Kootenai County Sheriff last spring said he would be compelled to drop the charter because the organization is promoting a lifestyle that's against Idaho law.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on the Legislature's joint budget committee say Idaho school districts that opted not to join a statewide contract for high school Wi-Fi services should qualify for state funding for their own Wi-Fi networks. The Spokesman-Review reports that the Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee also on Friday gave districts that joined the contract the choice to withdraw and also get state funding for their own Wi-Fi networks.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Labor has received $2.4 million in federal money to help southwestern Idaho job seekers. The agency says the money is for paid re-employment assistance, training or other benefits. The agency said it's holding one-hour information meetings on Friday at seven of its offices in the region. The money is especially intended to help those 50 and older, and young people ages 16 to 21.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The co-chair of the state's budget committee says a bill asking for $2 million to kill Idaho wolves likely won't get half that much money. Republican Rep. Maxine Bell of Jerome says the money is instead needed to pay for the Idaho Education Network broadband program.

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