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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers will begin a special legislative session this morning to resolve Idaho's noncompliance with federal child support rules. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter called lawmakers back to Boise after nine Republican House members killed a similar bill in the final hours of the regular session, jeopardizing the state's ability to enforce child support payment collection.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new federal lawsuit has been filed involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium. The Post Register reports the suit was filed last week on behalf of Ralph Stanton. It follows up on a 2013 whistleblower complaint by Stanton and then-colleague Brian Simmons. The complaint alleged Battelle Energy Alliance created an unsafe work environment and retaliated after Stanton and Simmons raised health and safety concerns.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bad weather postponed opening day at Les Bois Park. The track almost didn't open at all this season. A bill in the Legislature would have eliminated historical racing machines, which allow gamblers to wager on previously run races. Gov. Butch Otter's veto of the bill allowed the season to proceed.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Small businesses in a handful of counties in southern Idaho are now eligible to apply for low interest federal loans to help offset the costs of prolonged drought. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that nonfarm businesses may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The agency director says eligibility will be determined on financial impact of the drought and not on any property damage.

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