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Where state abortion bans stand amid legal challenges

In more than a dozen states, legal fights are underway over abortion bans and other laws that greatly limit the procedure after the US Supreme Court ended a constitutional right to an abortion on June 24. On July 26, the Supreme Court entered its judgment in the case, taking the procedural step that will start the process for some states to implement their so-called trigger bans on the procedure.
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Housing Shortage Has Spread Across Pacific Northwest, New Study Shows

There simply aren't enough homes in the Seattle area. It's a long-standing problem here, as it is in other major coastal cities. But now, a new report finds that this problem has spread to parts of the country where, until recently, housing was more abundant and affordable, even in America's interior. And in the Northwest, it's not just an issue in the Seattle and Portland areas.
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Idaho Wildfire alert: Norton Fire update 2022-08-06

Incident is 0% contained. The lightning fire is located approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is estimated at 104 acres and is burning in subalpine fir, Douglas fir, sagebrush, and grass. Fire behavior yesterday was active with isolated single tree torching observed.    A Type III Incident Commander assumed command of the fire. A Type I Wildland Fire Module is assigned.  Norton Lookout has been wrapped with structure wrap.  Firefighters will continue to assess values in the vicinity of the fire, including values along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to the east of the fire.  

Idaho House Speaker Bedke named president of National Conference of State Legislatures

Originally published Aug. 3 on IdahoCapitalSun.com. Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke was named the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures on Wednesday at the Legislative Summit in Denver, Colorado. He is the 49th president of the national conference, a bipartisan group that provides research and opportunities for policymakers. Before becoming president-elect in November, Bedke had served as the conference’s vice president for two years. Hawaii House Speaker Scott...
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States Are Pushing Anti-ESG Bills — There's Plenty at Stake

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the latest in a line of lawmakers across the country seeking to push anti-ESG (environmental, social, and governance) legislation. As more institutions offer ESG-friendly options for investors seeking to incorporate a planet and people-forward strategy, some on the right are seeking to blockade these efforts.
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Idaho anti-wolf laws lead conservation groups to petition for funding cutoff

Originally published Aug. 4 on KTVB.COM. On Thursday, 27 conservation groups filed a petition calling for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to disqualify Idaho and Montana from receiving millions in federal conservation funding over anti-wolf legislation the states enacted in 2021. The funding in question is provided through the Pittman-Robertson Act, which is distributed to the states by the Secretary of the Interior to support conservation projects. The Secretary...
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Little appoints wife of deceased eastern Idaho lawmaker to Senate seat

POCATELLO — Governor Brad Little announced Friday the appointment of Eva Nye to the District 29 Senate seat vacated by her late husband, Senator Mark Nye. A Pocatello resident, Nye is a former Pocatello City Council member who served the community for 14 years. She is a registered Democrat whose public service includes acting as a substitute legislator for District 29 Representatives Elaine Smith and Chris Abernathy. Nye is also involved with the Idaho State Civic Symphony, JRM Foundation and the League of Women Voters.
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Idaho Wildfire alert: Woodtick update 2022-08-05

Incident is 0% contained. Fire behavior picked up most of the day yesterday with strong gusty winds being the driving factor. Winds were sustained just under 10 from the Southwest having gusted up to 30 mph. A recon flight was ordered over the fire yesterday reporting increased activity in the Martindale Lakes area. Yesterday, Division X continued to secure line down to Camas Ranch. Division C reported embers crossing Camas Creek from Camas Ranch to Red Spar mine. A type 1 helicopter was used in order to help firefighters cool things down. No spot fires were reported.
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