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BOISE — Next week, Idaho businesses will receive notices of an unemployment insurance tax increase, but if Gov. Brad Little has his way, lawmakers will reverse that when they return to town in January for the legislative session.

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Backup quarterback Jack Sears has left the Boise State football program, and according to a report, will be entering the transfer portal with one year of eligibility remaining.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history and a staunch advocate for environmental issues, said Wednesday he is retiring and will not seek reelection next year.

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