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An Idaho college is moving forward with plans to purchase a geothermal aquifer that can provide heat to most of its campus.

The Times-News reports a resolution passed Tuesday will allow the College of Southern Idaho to finalize the $2.4 million purchase of Pristine Springs, a geothermal aquifer north of Twin Falls. Legislators have set aside $1.2 million this year for the purchase. The college will cover the other $1.2 million.

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A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes.

In 2015, the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted bans that prohibited women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Planned Parenthood argued that the laws placed unnecessary burdens on women seeking safe abortions.

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A new study of sage grouse in Eastern Washington found a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops.

The study concluded that is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in portions of Washington's Columbia River Basin.

"Without these lands, our models predict that we would lose about two thirds of the species' habitat, and that the sage grouse would go extinct in two of three sub-populations," said Andrew Shirk of the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group.

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A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday at a sprawling storage facility in a remote area of Washington state, forcing an evacuation of some workers at the site that made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades after World War II.

Officials detected no release of radiation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and no workers were injured, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology.

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The Trump administration on Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation's federal courts.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that among the candidates are individuals previously named on Trump's list of 21 possible picks for Supreme Court justice. All nominees would require Senate confirmation.

The announcement came less than a month after Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed, restoring the court's conservative tilt.

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U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says his answer to a question on health care at a recent town hall in northern Idaho wasn't very elegant.

Labrador has received criticism for his comment Friday that no one has died because they didn't have access to health care — a claim disputed by medical experts because they counter that patients without health coverage often risk waiting until their conditions have advanced too far for effective treatment.

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President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away.

Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week, with Republicans providing all the "yes" votes in the 217-213 count. They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid.

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The Georgia school district said it was investigating the baseball players for "misbehavior" and "inappropriate physical contact." What it didn't reveal was that a younger teammate had reported being sexually assaulted.

Even after players were later disciplined for sexual battery, the district cited student confidentiality to withhold details from the public and used "hazing" to describe the incident, which it also failed to report to the state as required.

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A proposed for-profit osteopathic medical school in Idaho can begin construction after receiving the necessary approval from a national accreditation agency.

Officials announced Thursday that the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine had received its pre-accreditation status. This allows the school plans to break ground May 17 and open its doors to students in fall 2018.

Earlier this year, school officials had said that if that if work did not get underway by the end of April, the opening would be pushed to 2019.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Wednesday asked the Idaho Supreme Court for permission to get involved in a lawsuit challenging how much time a governor has to veto legislation.

According to the petition, Otter's attorneys argue that the Republican governor should be allowed to intervene because it was Otter's veto that sparked the lawsuit and he wants to defend that decision in court. Currently, the lawsuit only names Secretary of State Lawerence Denney as a respondent.

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Attorneys for a southern Idaho school district are asking a judge to dismiss a $10 million civil lawsuit involving a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates in 2015.

The Times-News reports that the Dietrich School District made the request last week in federal court.

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An opening on the Idaho Supreme Court won't be filled through an election but through an application process.

Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann announced earlier this year he will retire in August — 16 months before the end of his current six-year term.

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Bukky Ogunrinola's mother taught her years ago to use caution in how she dressed and presented herself in public. Being a young black woman in Idaho meant living in a world where she's sometimes greeted with suspicion.

Still, the 16-year-old was stunned to wake up one cold January morning to see the windows of her family's SUV smashed and the words "go back" in white paint splashed across the vehicle.

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About 300 items belonging to a famed northern Idaho inventor collected during his long life are going up for auction on Saturday in Sagle.

Forrest Bird, who died in August 2015 at age 94, invented medical respirators that breathed life back into millions of patients around the world. He was also a keen aviator.

His wife, Pamela Bird, died about three months later in a plane crash.

Items in the auction range from hand tools to art to pristine vehicles, including a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Limo valued at $60,000. The auction has no minimum bid requirements.

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Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company's new chief executive officer and president.

The Boise, Idaho-based memory chip maker in a statement Thursday says Sanjay Mehrotra will also be a member of the board of directors when he starts on May 8.

Mehrotra led SanDisk as a startup in 1988 until it was acquired by Western Digital in 2016.

At Micron he replaces Mark Durcan, who worked for the company for 32 years and announced his intentions to retire in February. Durcan will stay on as an adviser until August.

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