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Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s growing prison population. “This budget really is the cost of ...

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New law may force small businesses to reveal data practices

A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy. AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring ...

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Genetics technology could lead to more crops, fresher food

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. ...

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Report faults University of Idaho over sex assault complaint

An independent investigation has found that insufficient education and understanding of policies contributed to the University of Idaho’s botched handling of a woman’s sexual assault complaint against a football player. The report, made public on July 31, also says lack ...

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Accusations fly as firms seek to avoid Trump’s steel tariff

U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their requests. Robert Miller, president and CEO of NLMK ...

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Idaho town eyes pricey wastewater facility upgrade

Officials in the south-central Idaho city of Heyburn have agreed to move toward asking a judge to approve a bond to cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade rather than asking voters to approve the bond. The Times-News ...

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Idaho Court of Appeals justice to retire at end of year

Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez, the state’s first and only Latino judge, will retire at the end of this year. According to the Idaho Judicial Council, Gutierrez’s retirement will be effective on Dec. 31. Gutierrez was first appointed ...

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Environmental group appeals BNSF second bridge permit

An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a second BNSF Railway Co. bridge. Court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action July 20 in 1st District Court, the Bonner County Daily ...

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Industry head: Tariffs could have big impact on US energy (access required)

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on European steel and Chinese goods pose a multi-billion-dollar threat to America’s energy industry, though a truce between the United States and Europe offers hope that trade tensions eventually will de-escalate, the head of a prominent ...

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Ada County treasurer charged with misuse of public funds

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer. According to court records, Wasden’s office filed the complaint July 25 against Vicky McIntyre, ...

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