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Idaho Man Becomes First to Die From Flu This Season

A north Idaho man has become the first in the state to die from flu-related complications, signaling what may be an early flu season. The Spokesman-Review reports that the man was in his 50s. His death was confirmed to be influenza-related this week, according to the Panhandle Health District.

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Idaho University President Finalist for New Mexico Position

The University of Idaho President Chuck Staben is a finalist for the same position at a New Mexico university. The Lewiston Tribune reports Staben has served as president for the Moscow university since 2014.

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Judge Denies Utah Death-row Challenge in High-Profile Case

A federal judge is denying a death-row challenge from a Utah prison inmate whose double-murder case was chronicled in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven." U.S. District Judge Dee Benson entered the judgment Thursday in the case of Ron Lafferty

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Federal Agency Denies Protections for Small, Fanged Predator

Federal wildlife officials say a cat-sized predator that lives in old-growth forests of the Northern Rockies is not in danger of extinction despite worries about habitat loss and accidental trapping. The Trump administration on Wednesday included the Northern Rockies fisher among 25 species that officials said do not merit protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Western Governors Agree to Build Charging Station Network

Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven states. The governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming announced Wednesday they had signed a memorandum of understanding to create a regional electric vehicle plan.

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Driver Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Idaho School Bus Crash

A former Idaho school bus driver has pleaded guilty to inattentive driving after crashing a bus that rolled over and injured more than a dozen students in April. KBOI-TV reports that 67-year-old Richard Mecham was sentenced last week to a year of unsupervised probation and a $300 fine.

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Data Storage Company Western Digital To Purchase Sandisk For 19 Billion
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Micron Executive Accused of Insider Trading at Former SanDisk Job

Anand Jayapalan, who was hired by Micron six weeks ago, is accused of giving his wife, aunt and uncle information about SanDisk that allowed them to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on illegal stock trades in 2014.

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Moscow Renaming Columbus Day as “Indigenous People’s Day”

The Moscow City Council is renaming the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day" instead of Columbus Day. The council approved the change Monday in a 5-to-1 vote, making it the first city in Idaho to rename the holiday.

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Taxpayers Might Face Choice of Property Tax, Home Deductions

Homeowners would be forced to choose between two popular tax deductions — one for local property taxes, the other for mortgage interest — under a potential compromise that House Republicans are considering as they craft the evolving tax revamp.

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Yellowstone National Park Bison Numbers Down from Last Year

Yellowstone National Park biologists say bison numbers are down from last year after its largest cull in nearly a decade. Parks spokesman Jonathan Shafer said in an email that biologists' surveys counted about 4,800 bison that live in the park, 700 less than last year.

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Family Identifies Idaho Victims in Police Shooting, House Fire

Family member say they have positive identified two people who died in a Meridian house fire after an officer-involved shooting. The Idaho Statesman reports Michele and Patrice McAlister have identified the victims as 54-year-old Scott McAlister and his mother 84-year-old Carmen Abbott

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Dietrich School Settles in Locker Room Assault Case

A southern Idaho school district has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit involving a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates in 2015. Lee Schlender, the victim's attorney, confirmed Monday a monetary settlement had been reached with the Dietrich School District, but declined to share details regarding the amount and terms of the agreement.

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Support Growing for Petition to End Beard Ban at BYU

Now that Brigham Young University will offer caffeinated soft drinks on campus, some people are wondering if the school's ban on beards will end. Skyler Thiot started an online petition called "Unban the Beards at BYU" last week.

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