INL bills advance

Kirkham

A pair of bills meant to aid the proposed small modular reactor project in eastern Idaho easily won the recommendation of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Monday.

Nullification bill fails

Shepherd

Idaho lawmakers rejected a bill Monday that would establish a process for the Idaho Legislature to nullify federal laws, court rulings and executive orders. Most of Idaho Falls’ delegation supported the bill.

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of US lands

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and repeated complaints that dissenting views have been sidelined. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

Breast-milk shortage affects life’s most vulnerable babies

Mistelle Okada, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, poses for a photo on Feb. 9. There’s a nationwide shortage of breast milk and Okada helps coordinate local donations. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

After hearing a baby’s shrill cries following birth, the next natural thing for most moms is breast-feeding. It helps grow the bond between mother and child, and breast milk gives babies a boost of antibodies and white blood cells for the best start in life.

Murray, Otter disagree on Idaho’s health insurance move

Otter

BOISE — Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to retort that Washington state has sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana – also bucking federal rules.

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