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Usful Glassworks will close at the end of the month

Usful Glassworks, a Boise nonprofit that provides job training and turns bottles into glassware, is closing May 31 because of a financial shortfall, its director said. The seven-year-old nonprofit has recycled more than 350,000 bottles while providing job skills instruction ...

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Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms

Idaho is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a statewide ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who said the ban violated free speech rights. Idaho lawmakers passed ...

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Transportation director resigns after Idaho school bus crash

Officials with the Blaine County School District say its transportation director has resigned following a school bus crash that rolled over and injured more than a dozen students in April. Superintendent Dr. GwenCarol Holmes said on May 11 that Rex ...

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As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade

As farmers fret over President Donald Trump’s criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. The new undersecretary position is a sign ...

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No drought warnings in Northwest for first time since 2011

For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn’t showing any signs of drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that Oregon, Washington and Idaho are free from drought worries. In fact, flooding has prompted disaster declarations in ...

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Report: US farmers forecast to harvest smaller wheat crop

The Agriculture Department is forecasting a far smaller U.S. winter wheat crop than a year ago, led by a downturn in expected production out of Kansas. The department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on May 10 predicted the 2017 crop would ...

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Whole Foods shakes up board as key sales figure falls again

Whole Foods announced a board shake-up and cost-cutting plan May 10 as it fights to hold onto shoppers who have more choices about where to buy the natural and organic foods the chain is known for. The company also said ...

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Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted ...

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SBDC: A cyberattack could put you out of business (access required)

Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks, and these attacks can be costly. Yet most small business owners don’t have a plan in place to respond, according to the Idaho Small Business Development Center. The center has launched a new ...

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