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Local News 3/18/24

Idaho’s labor market and economy are expected to witness healthy growth between now and 2032, with the above sectors representing over one-third of new jobs created, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.  In general, Idaho’s economic and job growth over the next decade is projected to outpace the U.S. average.

More than 275 candidates filed to run for legislative races, congressional races or judicial positions in Idaho The filing period for all Idaho candidates running for office this year closed at 5 p.m. Friday. 

The Idaho State Tax Commission is reminding Idahoans who don’t make enough money to file taxes, they can get a refund from their grocery shopping.  For most Idaho residents it would be $120, plus $120 for each qualifying dependent, and residents who are 65 and older get $140.

A former Idaho State Trooper who is currently on trial for the alleged murder of his wife was arrested Friday night at the Spokane International Airport.  Daniel Charles Howard was arrested by Spokane International Airport police at 10:40 p.m. on Friday.  Howard's trial started on March 4 and is expected to wrap up at the beginning of next week. He's been out of police custody since December 20, 2023 on a property bond.

The USS Idaho, the U.S. Navy's newest warship, was christened and named Saturday morning in Connecticut.   The USS Idaho Commissioning Committee organized watched parties across the Gem State to bring together Idahoans to celebrate the historic moment.

Idaho State Police say a blown tire lead to the fatal crash that happened Saturday near Mountain Home on I-84.  Police say a A 45-year-old male from Filer, was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the tire blew causing the vehicle to exit the roadway off the right shoulder where it rolled.  There were six occupants in the vehicle; three adults and three juveniles. One of the juveniles succumbed to injuries at the scene.  Three others were airlifted for treatment while two were taken by ambulance.

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