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Feds: Mine missed safety check before rock burst

A federal inspection report shows that officials at the Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho failed to conduct the second of two daily monitoring checks on the day a violent rock burst broke the pelvis of one miner and also ...

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House panel approves tougher animal cruelty bill

 A plan to toughen Idaho’s animal cruelty laws passed a House committee March 12 in action that would put felony animal abuse penalties in place for the first time in the state. Lawmakers hope the measure will head off a ...

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Field burning conflict reignites in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease field burning restrictions so farmers can set fields afire on weekends and holidays, but a clean air group says it will go to court to block such a move. Mary Anderson, ...

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February tax revenue tops state forecast

Idaho’s tax revenue through the first eight months of the fiscal year 2012 is $32.7 million ahead of forecasts after strong collections in February were combined with lower-than-expected refunds. Through February, Idaho has collected $1.64 billion, well above the $1.5 ...

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E. Ore. geothermal power plant nearing startup

Work starts in June on a geothermal plant that the state Department of Energy says will be the first in Oregon to produce energy on an industrial scale. The developer, U.S. Geothermal Inc. of Boise, Idaho, plans to use heat ...

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Idaho public schools budget to fund laptop program

Legislative budget writers have voted to increase state support for public schools by 4.6 percent in 2013, bumping up the minimum teacher salary by $500 a year and funding education reforms approved during last year’s session, including a statewide laptop ...

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Senate backs restoring Idaho teacher salary money

Idaho senators voted 32-0 on March 1 to reverse teacher salary funding cuts envisioned under public schools chief Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” reforms last year. The Spokesman-Review reports the unanimous vote came after lawmakers said their local school districts ...

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Union bill re-emerges in Senate committee

Idaho lawmakers are taking another crack at bill designed to weaken unions that was thrown out by a federal judge this year. New Plymouth Sen. Monty Pearce on March 2 introduced legislation amending a law passed last year that bans ...

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Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. blamed in Alaska accident

A federal agency blames inadequate management policies, procedures and controls for a fatal accident at a Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. operation in Alaska last year. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration on Feb. 29 released its report on the September accident ...

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