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The U.S. and Canada reached an eleventh hour deal over the weekend for a tentative replacement of NAFTA. One of the biggest sticking points was access to the Canadian dairy market.

NAFTA is gone under the new arrangement; it’s been rebranded as the USMCA – the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement. The revised 3-way deal keeps much of NAFTA in place, but among changes are the formula used to levy tariffs on vehicles, more intellectual property protections and ways with which the three nations resolve disputes among themselves.

Bureau of Land Management

An important but little-known public lands fund expired this weekend. 

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Marijuana dispensaries could soon be coming to Ontario, Oregon – right in the Treasure Valley’s backyard. Now, a pot shop might be coming in the orbit of the Magic Valley.


Lime

Update Wednesday, Oct. 3: At a Meridian city council meeting Tuesday, the city requested Lime to put the scooters on hold until more discussion can take place about the future of the scooters. Over the weekend, before a hold was put on Lime’s services in Meridian, Lime reduced the number of scooters from 200 to 100. 

 

Original post Friday Sept. 28: The California company Lime has brought their electric scooters to Meridian. Called Lime-S scooters, the devices cost $1 to unlock and 15 cents per minute of riding. But unlike some programs around the country that rely on centralized stations where the scooters are locked to metal racks, these scooters will be dockless.

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday afternoon during a marathon hearing.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The backers of Proposition 1, the initiative to reauthorize historical horse racing in Idaho, announced a new charitable initiative at Boise’s Les Bois Park Thursday, September 27.

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Prescribed burning is an important tool in a wildland firefighter’s toolbox. Crews will go out and light fires in areas that maybe haven’t burned naturally in decades.

 

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James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

Meridian residents at the public hearing at the city council meeting
Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

On Tuesday, Meridian City Council passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, joining 13 other Idaho municipalities with similar laws.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

In November, Idaho voters will head to the polls to decide on whether or not Medicaid coverage should be expanded to include some 51,000 people who currently don’t qualify. Despite his party opposing the proposition, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Little says he’ll enforce the will of the people.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Officials who provide services to homeless people in the Treasure Valley say folks are falling into a crack in the system. People can’t stay at a shelter if they have a contagious illness. But there may be a solution.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

Fourteen-year-old Caydden Zimmerman’s school days start early and end late.

 

Some Idaho potato farmers are worried heavy wildfire smoke may have damaged their crops.

 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP

A young grizzly bear found eating human food and hanging around people was trapped by Idaho Fish and Game and taken to a Texas wildlife sanctuary. The yearling was spending time in the Flat Rock and Coffee Pots campgrounds and near Mack's Inn in Eastern Idaho.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

 

On Wednesday, September 26, the annual Women And Leadership conference returns to Boise. One of this year’s speakers is Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to Boise State Public Radio and Idaho Public Television.

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