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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's failed defense of the state's ban on same-sex marriage has cost taxpayers roughly $715,000. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top elected officials unanimously approved paying $34,000 out of the state's Constitutional Defense Fund on Friday to cover the remaining attorney fees and court costs.

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho school district has decided to ask voters to approve a $15 million bond after learning a $37 million construction bond previously approved by voters won't cover costs. The Times-News reports that the Cassia County School District had already started construction work when they discovered the shortfall.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say Idaho's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 3.9 percent in November. The Idaho Department of Labor says growth in manufacturing, administrative, and leisure and hospitality in Idaho was the second fastest in the nation.

COTTONWOOD, Idaho (AP) — The mayor of the northern Idaho city of Cottonwood has resigned because of a state law that prohibits elected officials from leasing city property. The Lewiston Tribune reports that longtime mayor Denis Duman owns a building at the Cottonwood municipal airport on property leased from the city.

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