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USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won’t be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues ...

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FDA tweaks food safety rules due next year

The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The FDA’s new proposals would allow farmers to meet water quality standards more easily and ...

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Audit finds no problems with Idaho Treasurer

Auditors for the Idaho Legislature say they found no problems with accounting or administrative procedures at the state treasurer’s office in a report released Sept. 18. Treasurer Ron Crane said he’s extremely pleased with the report and says it shows ...

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Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly. Construction fell 14.4 percent in August to a seasonally ...

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Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Home Depot said Sept. 18 that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The size ...

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Salmon numbers jump at central Idaho mountain lake (access required)

More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho’s high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades. Some 1,400 fish have returned so far from a ...

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Counties want state to run public defenders system

County officials in Idaho approved a resolution Sept. 17  that would give the state the responsibility of managing the system that assigns public defenders to defendants who can’t afford an attorney. Nearly 200 representatives from the state’s 44 counties voted ...

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University of Washington criticizes WSU med school study (access required)

The University of Washington has criticized as deeply flawed a study released the week of Sept. 8 that supported the creation of a new medical school in Spokane by rival Washington State University. A statement from the Seattle university said ...

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Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores

Shares of home-improvement retailer Home Depot sank before the opening bell Sept. 9  after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and ...

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US to spend $328 million on conservation easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $328 million in funding to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country. The initiative, using money provided in the new five-year farm bill, will buy conservation easements from farmers to ...

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