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Idaho businesses aim to curb texting and driving (access required)

Even though 90 percent of drivers said they know the dangers of distracted driving, 61 percent of people text, 40 percent use social media apps and 10 percent video chat while driving, according to a study released by AT&T. Seventy ...

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Albertsons to buy 29 Haggen stores in Washington and Oregon (access required)

Boise-based Albertsons LLC is seeking U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to purchase 29 Haggen supermarkets, mostly in northwestern Washington and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, for $106 million, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Fourteen of these stores ...

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State agrees to pay attorney fees in broadband lawsuit

Idaho officials have approved paying $930,000 in attorney fees after losing a long legal battle over an illegal statewide contract for broadband in public schools. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and three other members of the State Board of Examiners ...

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Idaho Republicans block effort to revive Medicaid expansion

Senate Democrats made a last-ditch effort March 14 to revive two Medicaid expansion bills, but hit a roadblock from the Republican supermajority unwilling to consider the measures in the final weeks of the legislative session. The proposals are currently stuck ...

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House delays bill to expand business nexus for sales tax collection (access required)

A bill that would require retailers such as Amazon and Overstock.com to collect state sales tax will be amended by lawmakers. A House committee voted 11 to four March 11 to send the bill to the House’s Amending Order where ...

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State Education Department report fraught with bad math

A report tracking $16.7 million in teacher “leadership premiums” — compiled by the State Department of Education and presented to two legislative committees — is fraught with math errors. The report came under some harsh scrutiny in the House Education ...

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Senate passes bill to preempt city minimum wage ordinances (access required)

The Idaho Senate passed a bill March 10 that would ban cities from setting local minimum wage standards. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature. The Idaho Senate voted 27 to eight in favor of the bill ...

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