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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials say they're as prepared as they can be for the approaching wildfire season with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned drones that can be deployed. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands on Tuesday updated the Idaho Land Board that also received a report from a federal expert predicting what at this point appears to be a typical wildfire year.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - More than 300 research engineers and other workers currently toil in temporary trailers in a parking lot on memory card maker Micron Technology Inc.'s Boise campus. But the Idaho Statesman reported Monday that the company is spending $32 million to construct a three-story office building on the campus's south end to house the workers and 900 more. Construction on the building began in February, and a company official says the building should be ready for trailer tenants by the end of the year.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An unprecedented amount of money from independent allies helped boost contenders in Idaho's primary election. According to a review of the latest campaign disclosure reports, more than $1.2 million was spent on so-called independent expenditures by wealthy donors in the final weeks leading up to May 15.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A growing prison population has some Idaho lawmakers giving a second look at recommendations made by policy experts three years ago, including reclassifying some felonies as misdemeanors and increasing efforts to prevent people from going to prison in the first place. The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee heard from state prison and probation officials and experts with the Council of State Governments on Monday.

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