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Morning News: Idaho Post Office Closures Imminent, Ketchum Tourist Tax Draws Cash, EPA Sponsors Superfund Job Training

Ketchum Officials See Growth in Tourist Tax Cash | AP Officials in Ketchum say their local option sales tax receipts have risen steadily over the past six months. March totals for the so-called “tourist tax” show a 4.5 percent increase compared to March 2011. Officials see the hike as a good sign for an economy so closely tied to the ski and recreation industry. (

Clean up in the job market | Coeur d’Alene Press Who said there’s no upside to a century of mining pollution mucking up properties and waterways across North Idaho? The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will sponsor a Superfund Job Training Initiative in upcoming weeks, in which North Idaho residents will receive free job training for cleanup-related contract work in the Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund site. (

Some Idaho post office closures imminent | Idaho Statesman Nearly 30 Idaho post offices could close, along with thousands around the country, unless Congress comes up with a plan soon to bail out a Postal Service on the edge of insolvency. (

UI faculty backs domestic partner benefit plan | AP The University of Idaho Faculty Senate is recommending the institution provide health insurance benefits to domestic partners of employees. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that senators approved the proposal this week after a brief discussion. (


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