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Soy ‘milk’? Even federal agencies can’t agree on terminology

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Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term “soy milk,” but documents show even government agencies haven’t always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture “fervently” wanted to use the term “soy milk” in ...

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Department of Insurance requests feedback on licensing (access required)

The Idaho Department of Insurance is seeking feedback on its licensing and renewal process. The move is part of a process that the state started in May when Lt. Gov. Brad Little ordered Idaho state departments and self-governing agencies to ...

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New University of Idaho project aims to help Latino students

The University of Idaho has launched a new project aimed at helping some Latino students in southern Idaho prepare for college. The university’s Latino Pre-College Outreach Project will work with 40 middle school students in Jerome, providing mentoring and tutoring, ...

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Groups challenge US plan to lift grizzly bear protections

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At least three different legal challenges were launched June 30 against the U.S. government’s decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area that have been in place for more than 40 years. The Northern Cheyenne ...

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Health insurance CFO gets 1 year for embezzling $632,000

The former chief financial officer of a Washington state health insurance company that serves people on Medicare has been sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling $632,000. Federal prosecutors said Zachary Augustus Smulski took the money from Federal Way-based ...

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Washington manufacturer opens manufacturing facility in Hayden (access required)

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Two economic development organizations in northern Idaho used an available manufacturing space and a state tax credit to attract a Washington company to Hayden. Jon Smalley, CEO of SmaK Plastics, said he became interested in the area after the Panhandle Area Council ...

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Harsh winter took heavy toll on wildlife across western US

Wild Antlered bull elk at a meadow, Rocky Mountain National Park, USA

Wildlife suffered higher than normal losses this winter in severe weather across the western United States, where the toll included the deaths of all known fawns in one Wyoming deer herd and dozens of endangered bighorn sheep in California. Wildlife ...

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Utility proceeds with big wind investment in top coal state

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President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back coal and climate-change regulations aren’t discouraging a utility from making a $3.5 billion investment in wind energy, the bulk of which will build dozens of new wind turbines in the top coal-producing state. ...

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Salvage sale approved to reap timber from 2014 wildfire

The supervisor of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest approved a redesigned logging plan for a timber sale that will see fewer trees cut and more assurances that scenic views and water quality are protected. The Johnson Bar Salvage Sale was ...

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