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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boston mobster who posed as an Idaho rancher for more than a decade goes to court in Boise next month. The Idaho Statesman reports that 47-year-old Enrico Ponzo is representing himself and plans to argue that he suffered from a mental defect. He faces identity theft, firearms and other charges.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislative budget writers have approved $229,000 in spending to cover the latest round of legal fees in Idaho's appeal over a voided school broadband contract. The Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the request this morning.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's legislative budget-setting committee has approved two proposals to allow the Idaho Transportation Department to start on 30 projects aimed at fixing the state's aging roadways. The committee voted unanimously to release about $50 million in general surplus money, giving the department an initial go-ahead to start on 17 new road and bridge projects.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The crows that have plague Caldwell in recent years have not returned this year, instead heading to neighboring Nampa. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Nampa has been inundated with crows this winter, though the mayor's office says there haven't been complaints and they don't plan any efforts to scare away the crows.

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