BOISE — After a year of debate, a state panel has voted along party lines to slightly raise the housing stipend for Idaho’s governor from $4,500 to $4,551 a month come January, as Idaho continues to be one of just a handful of states without a governor’s mansion.

The race for the District 30A House seat ended up being the most expensive in the region, with a combined $62,700 spent between the candidates overall and almost $17,000 just in the final weeks before the election.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.

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DETROIT (AP) — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.

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