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King’s Variety to close all of its stores, including 13 in Idaho

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King’s Variety, which has 13 stores in Idaho and dozens more in surrounding states, is closing all of its stores. The Burley-based company released a statement Feb. 20 saying that changes to the retail climate had made business too difficult. ...

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Mining company’s lawsuit against Union Pacific moves forward

A federal judge has cleared the way for a lead and copper mining company’s lawsuit against Union Pacific over lead pollution to move forward. This lawsuit related to contamination in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is one of several pending between ...

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Bill exempting yoga regulation heads to Idaho House floor

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A bill shielding yoga training from state regulations is headed to the Idaho House floor. The House Education Committee unanimously voted Feb. 20 to advance a measure that would exempt certain yoga instruction programs from being regulated just like for-profit ...

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A word with Nick Grove of the Meridian Library District’s ‘unBound’ (access required)

Nick Grove works on a 3D printer at the Meridian Library's unBound maker lab. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

Nick Grove is the tech library supervisor at unBound, a two-year-old program of the Meridian Library District that provides a technology library and education on emerging technology. In some ways, unBound is a classic program of a public library, designed ...

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Boise startup finishes seed funding stage (access required)

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LeanLaw, a software company for law practices, completed its seed investment stage in February and now plans to use the money it raised to market and increase its business. The software company raised more than $75,000 through the Gem State Angel ...

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Private prison official: Bonuses were paid for cutting costs

James A. McClure federal building and United States courthouse in Boise. Photo by Glenn Landberg

A former regional manager for private prison company Corrections Corporation of America said top employees at a private prison in Idaho were given yearly bonuses if they cut costs on salary, wages and other operational expenses and met other company ...

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USDA reposts some animal welfare records after criticism

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The federal Department of Agriculture has reposted inspection reports on certain animal testing labs on its website after a decision two weeks ago to remove a large online database of animal welfare records prompted complaints. The agency announced its decision ...

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Idaho lawmakers approve second payment in pesticide cleanup

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State budget writers have approved allocating $526,900 to help research dispose contaminated fields in eastern Idaho. The request, made up of both state and federal funds, is part of an effort to treat the negative impacts of a pesticide known ...

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Survey: Treasure Valley residents would like more public transit options (access required)

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The Treasure Valley, like nearly all western cities, is designed entirely for automotive transport. Public officials who would like to build substantial, rider-convenient public transit in Idaho face a daunting obstacle: there is no dedicated funding for public transit. Other ...

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Sun Valley solar company merges with Altenergy (access required)

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Sagebrush Solar merged with Altenergy after enjoying its busiest season since its founding in 2007. The Sun Valley solar company announced its merger Feb. 13, but the deal with Altenergy had been planned since August, said Billy Mann, president of Sagebrush ...

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