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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - After three years of facing resistance inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse, Idaho schools will finally be able to implement a new slate of robust science standards The Senate Education Committee on Thursday approved adopting the updated science standards. The move concludes years of debate led by some Republican lawmakers who had tried to amend the proposed standards due to concerns over references to global warming and the origin of the universe.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A proposal to allow health insurers from other states to sell their plans in Idaho is gaining support inside the Statehouse. The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee agreed Thursday to advance the bill to the full Senate.

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - Officials say a landfill in southern Idaho could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes as early as May. The Times-News reports that the Milner Butte Landfill near the town of Burley produces methane and other gas from millions of tons of decomposing garbage. Currently the local solid waste district has to burn those gases, but Southern Idaho Solid Waste Executive Director Josh Bartlome says a 2.6 megawatt gas-to-energy plant is almost complete.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho Statehouse. The Idaho House on Thursday unanimously approved sending a bill designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho's indecent exposure law.

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