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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say the state's contracting system has improved under newly implemented reforms. But they are now urging lawmakers to consider clarifying legally confusing language still tucked inside the state's 40-year-old purchasing laws. Earlier this year, a group of state lawmakers persuaded the Idaho Legislature to increase training on purchasing rules and adopt ethics guidelines for drafting contracts.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two internet contractors who went unpaid after a judge voided their contract to install broadband in public schools across Idaho are suing the state for the money they say they are owed. They are asking for more than $37 million in back payments and damages. Lawmakers had previously hoped to settle the claims for $8 million.

LOWMAN, Idaho (AP) — A central Idaho wildfire has expanded to 150 square miles in central Idaho but a key route through the area reopened over the weekend. Residents of about 125 homes in the area on Monday remain under low level evacuation notices but none have been told to flee. Bonneville County Sheriff Dept. spokesman Bryan Lovell says another fire near Idaho Falls took off Monday and was on the verge of threatening structures along U.S. Highway 26 Monday night.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The biggest wildfire in Yellowstone National Park has grown significantly amid warm, windy weather, forcing firefighters to take measures to protect nearby park facilities in case it shifts direction. All the park's main tourist facilities and roads are open Monday, but the flames are creeping toward a key road linking the West Entrance to the park's interior. The fire is one of four burning in Yellowstone, and higher temperatures and gusts could fan the flames again.

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