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High court ruling leaves open questions on patenting software (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that some, but not all, computer-implemented software functions are too abstract to qualify for a patent. But the court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, did not clearly define ...

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Big summer ahead in Idaho for rules on remote medical practice

Efforts to set up guidelines for remote medical services in Idaho are gathering momentum this summer, with the formation of a new state Telehealth Council in June and an important conference on telehealth planned in August. Doctors, administrators, and regulators ...

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ITD weighs requests for heavier truck allowances

The Idaho Transportation Department is weighing requests to allow trucks that weigh up to 129,000 pounds on more non-interstate, state-maintained highways. Starting with a pilot project in 2003, the state has been allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 to use ...

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Expanding Medicaid could save Idaho $176 million (access required)

A working group examining Medicaid expansion has received new estimates saying that a public or private model to expand Medicaid would save the state money. But lawmakers on the panel say those options are unlikely and that the state should ...

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Boise State to lease space in new downtown building for computer science (access required)

Boise State University will lease space in Gardner’s City Center Plaza once it is constructed. The State Board of Education approved the partnership between Gardner Company and Boise State Jun. 19. The plan calls for the university to move portions ...

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State Board OKs Albertsons Stadium name change

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved the $12.5 million deal to rename Boise State University’s football stadium Albertsons Stadium. The 15-year deal was announced by Boise State and the Boise-based grocer in May. Under the contract approved by ...

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POM Wonderful case heads to federal court (access required)

The legal food fight between a fruit juice manufacturer and soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola Co. will continue in federal court now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a false advertising claim was not precluded by federal law. The ...

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Portland architecture firm’s job: Acknowledging a ‘dark history’ at Minidoka (access required)

A chance meeting helped bring into perspective the work of FFA Architecture & Interiors associate partner Barbara Clement for the National Park Service in Southern Idaho. While visiting the Minidoka National Historic Site to inform the Portland-based firm’s efforts to ...

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Ridgevue High School construction underway in Nampa (access required)

Construction of Nampa’s newest high school has started. Site stripping, grading and utility work and installation has begun for the new Ridgevue High School, which is located near Linden and Madison Roads in Canyon County. Foundation placement and excavation will ...

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Montana says oil-train details not confidential

Montana officials said June 18 that they intend to release details next week on oil trains passing through the Montana and Idaho, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised ...

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