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Micron announces $3B expansion in Virginia

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The Boise-based Micron, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said August 29 that Micron Technology’s decision to ...

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Idaho State athletic director fired as teams struggle to win

Idaho State University, which on August 27 said athletic director Jeff Tingey had been placed on leave, now says Tingey has been fired. School President Kevin Satterlee told the Idaho State Journal that Tingey’s removal does not involve any scandal ...

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Coeur d’Alene firm develops virtual assistant for agencies

A Coeur d’Alene company has developed software for use by state agencies and nonprofits to help remind social service clients of tasks they need to do, freeing employees for more individualized interactions. Career Index Corp. has developed SARA, or Semi ...

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I-84 will be widened between Franklin Boulevard and Karcher Road in Nampa (access required)

Construction to widen Interstate 84 in Nampa to three lanes between Franklin Boulevard and Karcher Road should start sometime in October after an Aug. 29 confirmation of a $90.2 million federal grant. This $150 million projects widens another 2.8 miles ...

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Orchard is site of new University of Idaho organic center

An orchard in Sandpoint will be the site of the University of Idaho’s new Organic Agriculture Center. The Capital Press reports the orchard, donated Aug. 1 to the university by Dennis Pence and his family, will be known as the ...

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HealthCast healthcare security company acquired by Houston firm (access required)

A Boise-based security company specializing in the healthcare industry has been acquired by a Houston security company. Identity Automation, which provides access management, identity governance, and multifactor authentication software, purchased HealthCast Inc., which makes enterprise single sign-on and virtual desktop ...

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US agency gives initial OK to Montana mine tied up in court

U.S. officials on August 28 announced approval of the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area, yet it’s uncertain when work could begin because of a legal dispute over pollution at other sites. ...

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Idaho sheriffs say DMV software causing headaches, delays

Top Idaho officials on August 28 said they were fed up with the state’s latest driver’s license system, arguing the $10.5 million contract has failed to live up to its promises and instead has resulted in lengthy delays and chaotic ...

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US official reiterates push to move land agency out West

A high-ranking U.S. Interior Department official on August 23 reiterated the agency’s strong interest in moving its Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the American West. The move isn’t a done deal, Susan Combs, an assistant secretary at Interior, said ...

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