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A federal trial in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the state of Idaho that was slated to start April 15 has been canceled because the state has settled the case. Former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent James Cryer sued the department in December 2016, claiming the department retaliated against him and fired him for Read More…

Wyoming governor seeks solution on quandary over big game migration corridors

Gov. Mark Gordon is pulling together a citizen’s group to help find a happy medium between energy and conservation interests seeking regulatory certainty around migration corridors in the southwestern quadrant of the state, his office announced Tuesday.   In a statement, Gordon called on Wyoming residents representing industry, agriculture and conservation to find a state-level Read More…

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Jim Bullion: Afghanistan must not become a terrorist haven — Here's a road map for talks with the Taliban

I have tremendous sympathy for Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy charged with negotiating a deal with the Taliban to bring peace to Afghanistan after decades of continuous conflict. How do you negotiate with people who provided material and spiritual support to a terrorist group that conducted the worst attack on U.S. soil in history Read More…

A jewelry box led police to revisit hundreds of deaths, they may have found a serial killer

“When they discovered her, they said she looked like she had just died in her sleep,” her daughter, Loren Adair, told WFAA. Years later, an unexpected call from a police detective would change everything. As Payne’s family learned, authorities now believe that she was murdered by Billy Chemirmir, who had been posing as maintenance worker Read More…

Armenian ex-president's case sent to higher court

FILE- In this file photo dated Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian talks to the media at a polling station in Yerevan, Armenia. A court in Armenia has freed the country’s former president from jail as his trial continues on charges connected to a deadly police crackdown on a demonstration a decade ago. Read More…

Cyprus' communist-rooted former president critically ill

NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus’ health ministry says the country’s former president Dimitris Christofias is in a critical condition in hospital with respiratory problems. In a statement Monday, the ministry said Christofias was admitted to Nicosia General Hospital’s transplantation unit on Saturday. The statement said the health minister is in touch with Christofias’ doctors and an Read More…

Colin Reed: Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign is looking up after a rocky start – but is she in it to win it?

After a rocky opening act, the presidential aspirations of Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have enjoyed a resurgence of late. First out of the gate as an official candidate with a surprise New Year’s Eve announcement, Warren failed to catch fire. But it seems being written off by pundits and eclipsed by her competitors did bring Read More…

Former Oregon football star recalls take-down of Parkrose High School would-be shooter

The most important play of Keanon Lowe’s life came not during his days on the gridiron but in an Oregon classroom, where instincts took over for the college football star-turned-high school coach as he tackled a would-be school shooter — and prevented a potential tragedy. Lowe, who once starred as wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks, recalled the split-second decision to Read More…

Iran foreign minister warns Trump to back off threats

Iran’s foreign minister on Monday dismissed President Trump’s tweeted “genocidal taunts,” warning him not to threaten the Islamic Republic’s existence. With tensions mounting between the two countries, Trump tweeted Sunday: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” The president’s ominous message came after Read More…

Driver rams car into Lee's Summit police department

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) – Lee’s Summit police are investigating after a driver crashed into the department’s front lobby. Police said the car’s 43-year-old driver was taken into custody after the crash early Monday. The investigation into the cause is continuing. KMBC-TV reports the driver would have had to navigate several obstacles, including several limestone Read More…

Saunders named Wolves head coach

Saunders now has a firm grip on the coaching reins to the franchise his late father, Flip, once ran. Saunders had served as the team’s interim coach since January, taking over after Tom Thibodeau was fired. Minnesota went just 17-25 under Saunders, but the coach kept spirits high in the locker room, even as losses Read More…

Port: The hiring process for Mark Kennedy cost North Dakotans nearly $50,000 for each year he actually worked

These firms conduct national searches and return to the decision makers a list of candidates. This is an expensive process, and it’s success are inconsistent at best. The search which resulted in the hire of outgoing University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy cost taxpayers nearly $140,000, or more than $46,000 for each year he Read More…