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Can we implement solutions to problems? — The Longer View (access required)

The U.S. national debt has now reached an almost incomprehensible $1.42 trillion, the Associated Press reported last week – three times more than the country’s previous largest one-year debt. And foreign nations (led by China and Japan) now own more ...

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Scientists use genetic markers to develop 'light fry' potatoes (access required)

For the Idaho Business Review In Idaho and across the nation, freshly harvested potatoes are in the early days of a storage season that — for some varieties — could continue through next August. When held at temperatures of 45 ...

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Shoppers’ frugality cuts Supervalu 2Q profit 42% (access required)

Supervalu Inc., one of the nation’s largest grocers, says it will revamp its strategy to draw consumers whose shopping habits may be changed forever by the recession. After reporting another brutal blow to its bottom line, the company said it ...

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Company drops plan for Galena cell tower (access required)

A cell tower company has abandoned plans to place a tower atop the Galena Summit near Sun Valley. “Idaho Tower Co. will not appeal the Forest Service’s [decision], and therefore will no longer pursue a communication site at Galena Summit,” ...

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Nuke developer applies for Payette Co. site (access required)

A small company that's pushing a billion-dollar nuclear power plant in Idaho now says it wants to build another one at a different location.Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. says it's asking Payette County to amend a plan that governs land use, ...

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Weather damage: Relentless hail ruins thousands of acres — Focus (access required)

Bruce Foster trudged through his potato fields near Aberdeen in disbelief as he scoped out the extensive hail damage that ruined his spuds as far as he could see in every direction, defoliating 90 percent of his crop. He estimated ...

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Sterling Savings parent reaches agreement with regulators (access required)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Sterling Financial Corp. must raise $300 million to solidify its capital under an agreement announced Oct. 15 with federal and state regulators. The largest bank based in Washington also announced the appointment of a new management team. ...

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Health bill clears hurdle with support (access required)

Historic legislation to expand U.S. health care and control costs won its first Republican supporter Tuesday and cleared a key Senate hurdle, a double-barreled triumph that propelled President Barack Obama's signature issue toward votes this fall in both houses of ...

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How will campaigns change in 2010? — The Longer View (access required)

The ways in which we communicate with each other are being fundamentally, and permanently, altered by so-called “social media” – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, etc.  We know this, although there’s another important aspect we probably haven’t thought much about – ...

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State road funding total less than projected (access required)

Lawmakers and Gov. C.L. "Butch'" Otter reached a compromise earlier this year to set aside $54 million in new funding for transportation projects. The deal helped bring a close to the second longest legislative session in state history. But the ...

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