Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern Idaho.   U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ordered the agency to produce the documents within a week so Winmill can determine whether …

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No Gay Gene

The following is from the genetic testing company 23andMe. Homosexuality is strictly choice-driven by environmental factors.    A recent 23andMe analysis did not find any variants associated with sexual orientation. Sexual orientation of 23andMe users No genetic markers found associated with sexual orientation Studies have suggested a person’s sexual orientation can be influenced by genetic …

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Snake River Fire Fully Contained

A fire that burned nearly 12,000 acres along the Snake River was declared 100 percent contained Sunday night. More than 300 firefighters assisted in extinguishing the blaze. Three college-aged men allegedly admitted to starting a campfire in the area Aug. 1, but the case remains under investigation.

Homemade flamethrower used to kill cockroaches sparks fire

Here’s one for the Darwin Awards: CENTRALIA, Wash. – Fire officials in Centralia say a resident sparked a small fire in an apartment while trying to kill cockroaches with a homemade flamethrower.     KOMO-TV reports that fire crews were called to the apartment on Monday morning after receiving a report of a commercial structure …

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Idaho State Agency Won’t Seek Repayment On Broadband Project

A state agency will not see repayment on the defunct Idaho Education Network broadband project — despite a state Supreme Court order to do so. Administration Department Director Robert Geddes decided not to seek money from project vendors, Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press reported Friday. And his decision will drop the issue into the lap of …

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Marijuana Sales Top A Billion Dollars In Washington

Marijuana sales in the state of Washington topped one billion dollars since voters approved the sale of recreational pot in 2014. In July the Liquor and Cannabis Board consolidated medical and recreational pot under the same regulations, boosting July sales to more than 121 million dollars across the state. That set a record for the …

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Blaze Near Palouse Falls 25k Acres And Growing

A 25,000-acre wildfire near Palouse Falls is threatening homes, crops, a fish hatchery and a state highway, officials said Monday. The blaze started with a lightning strike Sunday in Palouse Falls State Park, a popular hiking destination in Franklin County about five miles southeast of Washtucna, according to the Washington State Patrol. Virginia Painter, a …

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Idaho agency suspects an ‘arsonist in the area’

The Idaho Department of Lands believes an arsonist may be responsible for multiple human-caused wildfires in the Kamiah area over the past several years, possibly including some during the destructive 2015 fire season. Fire investigators for the department visited the Clearwater River Valley last week to investigate the recent Clear Creek 2 Fire, and also …

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