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Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools

By The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-setting committee has approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Monday voted unanimously for the budget for fiscal year 2020 that must next clear the House and [READ MORE…

Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

By JOSEPH PISANI NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper’s doorsteps, says it wants to be greener. The online retail giant announced plans Monday to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. To reach that goal, the online retail giant says it [READ MORE HERE]…

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

By The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may [READ MORE…

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

By The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may [READ MORE…

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

By The Associated Press YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit says it’ll launch what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon this week. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told reporters on Monday that the landing craft, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis, will ship from Florida, where, [READ MORE…

State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska

By The Associated Press KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and [READ MORE…