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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate. The money will be used to buy timberland and agricultural land. The Idaho Department of Lands sold the properties on Thursday in an auction that officials say brought in $4.5 million more than the appraised value of the properties.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have gathered in Boise to determine who will sit in the most coveted spots in the Statehouse. Committee chairmen wield tremendous influence in setting the tone of legislative sessions because they control the fate of most legislative proposals that come across their desk. The 24 committee positions, as well as member assignments, are determined every two years.

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — An Idaho man has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for release in a brutal stabbing death at a motel in the western Wisconsin city of Tomah. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Zachary Davis drove a 14-inch machete through the back of 43-year-old Derek Magnuson seven times one morning in March 2015 during a cross-country crime spree, then robbed him of $700.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A man who crashed his pickup into a group of German motorcyclists heading to Yellowstone National Park, killing three, has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide. The Cody Enterprise reports Manuel Defuentes, of Ontario, Oregon, entered his pleas Wednesday for the June 9 crash. The group was headed to Yellowstone from Cody when Defuentes' truck crossed the center line at a curve.

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