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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attorney for the state of Idaho says the ACLU is suing the wrong people over the state's public defense system. Deputy Attorney General Michael Gilmore told a judge yesterday that the governor, the Public Defense Commission or the state as a whole has no legal authority over county public defense systems. Gilmore said it would have been more appropriate for the ACLU to sue county commissioners, magistrates or judges.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Members of Congress from eleven states say they're concerned about postponements to recent oil and gas lease sales. Acreage leased by the BLM has dropped sharply over the past eight years. Much of the decline has been attributed to efforts to ensure a ground-dwelling bird, the greater sage grouse, is not imperiled by drilling.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Developers will likely break ground next year on the first phase of a 2,000-home project in southwest Boise. The Idaho Statesman reports that developer Michael Coughlin plans to build 453 homes on 101 acres in the first phase. The development, called Syringa Valley, will include a high school, elementary school, city park and two commercial areas.

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Ketchum fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a house estimated to be worth $2.5 million. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that workers remodeling the home noticed the fire Monday. It consumed the roof and the southern section of the house before spreading to the main portion of the home.

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