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Nearly 800 firefighters and more than 50 fire engines battled a large late season wildfire that destroyed one structure and was threatening several others in Northern California on Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Report: US spends most on health care yet lags in life expectancy
The Verge: The United States leads its peers in health spending per capita, yet its life expectancy lags behind other countries, a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development shows.
Overall the growth in average life expectancy has been positive over the past 41 years, as Americans now live on average, eight years longer, from age 70.9 to 78.7. However, this increase is slower than other nations.
Photo: Chart has been modified to highlight US, no data has been changed, but some countries are omitted. (via The Verge)
Idaho State Sen. Branden Durst to Resign
Boise, Idaho—Idaho State Senator Branden Durst, of Boise, has delivered a letter of resignation to the governor’s office and senate leaders. His resignation is effective as of the first day of December. A committee has been formed to vet nominees to replace Durst. Three nominees will be submitted to the governor, who will choose one.
Dist. 18 Idaho Democrats who are interested in being considered for the vacant Senate position can visit the Idaho Democratic Party website and take a short survey at: http://idahodems.org/district-18-legislative-vacancy/
Senator Durst said he is resigning to focus on his family’s needs. He does not believe he can give his constituents the representation they deserve in the meantime. Durst was elected as Dist. 18 senator in 2012. Prior to that, he served as the District 18 state representative from 2006 to 2010.
“I want to thank Brandon Durst for his years of service and dedication to Idahoans,” said IDP Chair Larry Kenck. “We are sad to see him leave but wish him well in his future endeavors.”
District 18 Legislative Chair John Goettsche is leading the candidate recruitment committee that will vet potential nominees. Goettsche said, “We appreciate Senator Durst’s service over the years and we were well-represented by him. Although we will miss him, we are confident we will find a worthy person to take his place.”
Goettsche is overseeing a process to fill the vacancy left by Durst. That process is as follows:
A candidate recruitment committee will screen applicants and make recommendations to the Dist. 18 Central Committee for nominees to be appointed to the governor.
(Moscow). The Idaho State Board of Education voted today to appoint Dr. Chuck Staben as President of the University of Idaho.
Dr. Staben, current Provost at the University of South Dakota, accepted the Board’s offer to serve as the University’s new president after a unanimous vote of the Board in a meeting held via teleconference from the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.
“We are very pleased to welcome Chuck and Mary Beth Staben to the University of Idaho and to our great state,” said Board President Don Soltman. “I was privileged to serve on the search committee to vet the candidates for this position. The caliber of the applicants was outstanding, and Dr. Staben rose to the top of that highly qualified field. The Board is looking forward to working with Chuck to ensure that the University of Idaho continues its long tradition of excellence.”
“”Land grant universities, including the University of Idaho, improve lives and strengthen our society,” said Staben. “Leading this University is a privilege that I value deeply.”
Staben will take over from Interim President Don Burnett, who was selected to serve in that role in March 2013 after Dr. Duane Nellis accepted a position as President at Texas Tech. “The Board is extremely grateful to Don Burnett for his leadership during this time of transition,” said Soltman. “Don’s ability to step in and guide the University was invaluable in ensuring that the University continued to function smoothly and efficiently during the search for a new president.”
The 16-member presidential search committee, chaired by Board Vice President Emma Atchley, began work on finding a permanent replacement for Nellis in April 2013. Staben was named one of five finalists for the position in September. He visited UI campus locations and met with stakeholders around the state in October.
Staben will start on March 1, 2014, with a three year contract at an annual salary of $350,000.
Additional information on Dr. Staben’s background and academic history is available on the University of Idaho presidential web site at www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/presidential-announcement.
A federal judge could grant a preliminary injunction blocking some National Security Agency surveillance programs as early as Monday.
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Snapchat walked away from a $3 billion all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today regarding the recent vandalism of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints buildings in Chubbuck.
“Defiling or defacing houses of worship – of any faith or denomination – is an attack not just on religious beliefs or even our law, but also on our culture and our values. It disturbs the sanctuaries of our spiritual well-being. These are not merely the acts of misguided individuals. They speak to a more fundamental disregard for sacred places, social order and the freedoms that generations of Americans have sacrificed to protect.”
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Authorities in Utah are considering criminal charges against a group of men who gleefully shoved a boulder off its perch in a state park — and disturbed a rock formation that park officials say is 170 million years old.