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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he will sign child support enforcement legislation. Otter called a special session after nine House members killed a bill during the regular legislative session. Opponents described the bill as federal overreach, while other raised fears over the bill's connection with an international treaty.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State legislators plan to work on multi-million contracts, school broadband access and public defense reform among other issues over the next few months as they prepare for the next legislative session A new committee will review Idaho's bidding and selection process of the state's most expensive contracts.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has released a plan to protect the habitat of a struggling bird species from being destroyed by wildfire. The new firefighting strategy comes as Western states work to avoid the sage grouse's classification as a threatened or endangered species. Experts say the restrictions that come with protecting the wide-ranging birds could damage the economies of the 11 states where they are found.

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Bonner County can tear down a house that was built at the confluence of Pack River and Grouse Creek that threatened National Flood Insurance Program funding for more than 200 landowners. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the house was built without a required analysis of how the home would impact the base flood elevation.

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