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Otter orders $50M in mid-year cuts for state agencies (access required)

Gov. C.L. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter ordered a 4 percent cut in state spending Sept. 25 that will mean $49.7 million in mid-year cuts for state agencies, including a $15.2 million cut for colleges and universities and a $526,000 ...

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Micron secures $5M federal stimulus grant to explore LED-manufacturing (access required)

Micron Technology Inc. will begin to pursue manufacturing of light-emitting diode devices with the help of a $5 million federal economic stimulus grant announced Sept. 24, a venture that company officials believe could bring significant revenue and employment growth over ...

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State accepts restriction on proposed payment cuts to disabled service-providers (access required)

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare filed a motion in federal court this month to accept a permanent injunction that would block the agency’s proposed Medicaid reimbursement cuts to 16 companies that serve the developmentally disabled. The companies, representing ...

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East ParkCenter Bridge opens early (access required)

Construction of the East ParkCenter Bridge, a $14.8 million project by Boise-based McAlvain Construction, is finishing up, and it will open to drivers on Sept. 29. The project has been envisioned since the 1970s, and construction finally began in 2008. ...

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OriginOil execs unveil new algae productivity model developed with INL (access required)

Los Angeles-based OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum,  presented a first-ever comprehensive algae production model, developed with the Idaho National Laboratory of ...

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Hoku strikes deal with contractor to speed construction (access required)

Hoku Scientific, a Hawaii-based company building a polysilicon plant in Pocatello, has struck a deal with general contractor JH Kelly to get construction moving again. The change order agreement, announced on Sept. 22, requires Hoku to pay a portion of ...

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International Isotopes completes million-dollar private placement (access required)

International Isotopes Inc. raised about $1 million for continued engineering and design and licensing for its  planned uranium processing and fluorine extraction facility. About 4 million shares (at 30 cents apiece) were placed with directors, past investors and major shareholders. ...

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State awards Blackfoot $4 million loan for drinking water project (access required)

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality announced Sept. 22 that it awarded the city of Blackfoot in Bingham County a low-interest, $4 million loan for improvements to the city’s drinking water system. The money will be used for construction of ...

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Integrity Counts event registrants to look within (access required)

People attending the Better Business Bureau of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon annual Integrity Counts recognition event Saturday, Sept. 26, at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa will hear some words of wisdom about running a business with honesty and integrity. ...

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