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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's legislative interim committees are close to wrapping up their work after spending the summer reviewing the state's hot-button topics. This year, a landmark court decision pushed lawmakers to create two panels to review Idaho's selection process for the state's most expensive contracts and study if a statewide system is needed to provide broadband to public schools. Other panels have focused on public defense reform, tax policies and criminal justice reinvestment.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has formed a political action committee designed to give money to Republican campaigns across the state. The PAC, called the Otterpac, formed earlier this year as Otter has three years left in his final term as governor. The Spokesman-Review reports that former Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he dissuaded Otter from forming a PAC earlier.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Four years ago, Joe Huff was a Nampa police whistleblower who sued the city over retaliation. Now he's set to become chief. The Idaho Statesman reports that Nampa Mayor Bob Henry picked Huff for the job because he wanted someone who would bring change, who stands up for principles and is committed to the department. Huff's appointment is expected to become official on the first Monday in January.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — James Webb III scored a career-high 31 points and four other Boise State players reached double figures in a 90-70 win over Bradley yesterday. Webb's previous best was 27 points, against Arizona this season. The junior forward also had eight rebounds and four steals for the Broncos (8-4), who remained perfect at home this season.

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