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Idaho courts want to charge law-breakers $15 to keep courts functioning (access required)

The Idaho Supreme Court is pushing a proposal to charge law-breakers an extra $15, which officials say is needed to shore up the state’s overburdened court system and keep the wheels of justice turning. At the same time, the court ...

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ITD open house set for Garrity Interchange bridge work (access required)

  A bridge replacement project at the Garrity Interchange on I-84 will get a public airing Jan. 6, when the Idaho Transportation Department plans to host an open house in Nampa.   Set to take place from 4 p.m. to ...

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Bartholomay to head project office at INL (access required)

The U.S. Geological Survey has named Roy C. Bartholomay to head its project office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory headquartered in Idaho Falls. Bartholomay has served as the acting chief of the project office since April ...

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Eagle to discuss M3 water rights consequences (access required)

Eagle City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning to discuss the ramifications of the state water board’s decision to limit water rights to a large proposed development in Eagle’s foothills. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on ...

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Consumers’ spending moods remain cautious (access required)

Shoppers plan to open their wallets slowly in response to any economic upswing, the International Council of Shopping Centers found in a recent survey. Eighty percent of consumers reported cutting back over the last 12 months, but just 40 percent ...

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Ink dries on Hoku-Tianwei stock sale, Pocatello polysilicon plant back on track (access required)

Chinese solar energy firm Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd., is now – officially – the majority owner of Hoku Scientific, a Hawaii-based clean tech company building a polysilicon plant in Pocatello.   Closing a deal announced in September, Hoku ...

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Wasden secures settlement with N.J. mortgage modification company (access required)

Idaho homeowners who paid a Westmont, N.J., company to help them obtain mortgage modifications will receive refunds totaling $19,710 as a result of a settlement agreement, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. The agreement with Best Interest Rate Mortgage Company LLC ...

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Class helps felons find jobs (access required)

A new six-week class offered by AmeriCorps and Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston gives felons on probation tips for finding employment. Ex-cop Scott Wilkinson teaches interviewing skills and tips on how to work around a felony. "They are taking those ...

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EPA boosts NW pollution cleanup by $18M in 2009 (access required)

The federal Environmental Protection Agency required companies in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to perform $75 million worth of pollution control and cleanup work in 2009, an $18 million increase over 2008. The agency conducted 1,183 inspections in 17 different ...

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Idaho consumers may seek external review of insurance claim denials (access required)

Idaho consumers appealing health insurance claims denied by their insurance carriers may take advantage of a new external review process starting next year, the Idaho Department of Insurance says. The Idaho Health Carrier External Review Act becomes effective Jan. 1, ...

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