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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Latest jobless rates show that Idaho is at its lowest in nearly seven years. According to the Idaho Statesman, a declining labor force and above average employer payrolls drove Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate below 4 percent in November. It's the lowest since early 2008 and down two-tenths of a percentage point from October.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Pocatello police say two cows that escaped from a meat-processing business have been captured. The Idaho State Journal reports that officers were told by Anderson Custom Pack that employees found the missing cows and brought them back to the business Saturday. Police say the cows were not injured. Five cows fled from Anderson Custom Pack in two recent incidents. One of the cows was recaptured on Dec. 15 and two were fatally shot.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Nampa might no longer be Idaho's second-largest city. Though the U.S. Census Bureau still has Nampa in the second spot, an estimate from the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho shows Meridian surpassing its neighbor. The mayors of the two cities tell the Idaho Press-Tribune they don't view the population figures as a competition, and are more concerned with growing the economy.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has been receiving snow lately, and park officials say they're opening more roads in the park to snowmobiling and other forms of motorized snow travel. Snowmobiles and commercial snow coaches with rubber tracks or large tires may now travel from the park's South Entrance through West Thumb to Old Faithful.
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