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By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 2, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews are working to protect structures along the Salmon River from a wildfire that has burned 143 square miles of dry timber. River rafters are also being prevented from floating through the area. The fire began nearly three weeks ago. It's now about 30 percent contained. In northern Idaho, a fire is moving closer to the historic Fenn Ranger Station.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, a nearly $110 million increase over this year. The proposal now goes before Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, legislative leadership and other stakeholders for review.

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Lottery Commission has revoked a northern Idaho senior center's charitable bingo license over alleged record-keeping violations. The Coeur D'Alene Press reports the revocation order for the Post Falls Senior Center follows a six-month probation period during which the senior center was expected to fix problems found in its bingo records.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would raise Idaho's cigarette tax and use the money to lower tuition at the state's public colleges and universities. The Spokesman-Review reports that the group of former college friends formed and has already found more than 100 people willing to volunteer to be petition gatherers.

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