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Feds collect $168K from exploding target fire

The federal government said Nov. 7 it is collecting $168,500 to cover fire suppression costs after an Illinois man ignited a 440-acre blaze in central Idaho in 2012 while shooting at an exploding target. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the ...

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Contractor offers $5.3M for defunct Idaho plant

A Washington state-based contractor battling a Chinese company over a defunct $700 million polysilicon plant submitted the highest bid for the Pocatello property at a recent auction, a newspaper reported Nov. 6. JH Kelly Inc. offered $5.27 million for the ...

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Washington-based Avista Corp to buy Alaska utility

Spokane, Wash.-based energy company Avista Corp. announced plans Oct. 4 to buy Alaska Energy and Resources Co., the privately held parent of Juneau’s electric utility. The companies expect the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, to close by July. ...

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Invasive weed creeps northwest from cotton country

A weed that can cause deep losses in corn and soybean yields is making its way from the South into the Midwest. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to ...

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Olympic Team USA uniforms get Made in USA label

Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has ...

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Idaho pretax gas prices are the highest in the lower 48

Before taxes are factored in, Idaho motorists continue to pay higher prices for gasoline than their counterparts in the rest of the Lower 48 states, according to the latest data from AAA. Premium prices for fuel are hardly a new ...

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Business, GOP establishment: Tea party is over

A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections. In what could be a sign of challenges to come across the country, two U.S. ...

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Signed contracts to buy US homes plunges in Sept. (access required)

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months, reflecting higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly. The National Association of Realtors said Oct. ...

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Congress eyes milk prices, politics in farm talks

The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices. Members of the House and Senate weree ...

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Idaho exchange moves from crisis to crisis

Problems weighing down Idaho’s insurance exchange were underscored the week of Oct. 21 when the Internet health care marketplace’s leaders predicted they now must enroll 5,000 people per month for coverage through March to meet 2014 goals. In fact, even ...

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