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Local News 11/29/23

As Congress considers the House appropriations bill for the 2024 fiscal year, concerns over potential cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds have emerged, with implications for vital water infrastructure projects in Idaho. According to Mae Stevens, chief executive officer of American Business Water Coalition, more than 90% of funding could be cut for 76 projects that are at risk of not getting funding if Congress ultimately votes in favor of the House bill.

Earlier this year, top staffers for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare hired outside lawyers to sue Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador. They sought to stop his wide-reaching civil subpoenas for information about how a scrutinized child grant program was run. Now that those orders for information are off the table, the Idaho health department officials want the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to pay $119,000 in legal bills they racked up fighting the demands.

A panel of Idaho lawmakers tasked with studying ways to save money through the state’s Medicaid program didn’t reach a conclusion on how to restructure funding for the program. The Idaho Medicaid Managed Care Task Force which has met eight times starting this June while the Idaho Legislature is out of its official legislative session released its final report yesterday. The task force says they need more time.

The man accused of the shooting of three Brown university Palestinian students Monday has ties to Idaho. The man identified as 48 year old Jason Eaton’s resume indicates he attended the University of Idaho for a general studies bachelor’s degree.

There are a couple of Christmas Lights Parades. The Twin Falls lights parade will be this Friday

starting at 6. It will begin at Dierkes Street and Main Avenue in Twin Falls. A tree lighting ceremony at the Twin Falls Downtown Commons, across from City Hall, will follow. The Burley parade is set for Monday at 6 on 19th Street and Overland Avenue and ending at Centennial Park, where Santa will turn on the Christmas lights. The Jerome parade will be part of the Christmas in Jerome. That event is in the ICCU Park starting at 3 this saturday. The parade is set for 6pm.

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