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County Line Brewing opening in former Kilted Dragon space (access required)

County Line Brewing will open March 28 in a 3,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by Kilted Dragon Brewing, which closed last year. The two breweries first considered sharing the space and equipment, but now County Line will fully occupy the space ...

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Idaho Senate approves decriminalizing marijuana extract oil

The Idaho Senate has approved legalizing oil extracted from cannabis plants to treat children with severe forms epilepsy after lengthy and sometimes tearful debate from lawmakers urging the bill’s passage. Senators voted 22-12 on March 24 to decriminalize the oil, ...

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Report says beetles don’t make forests more likely to burn

Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they’re more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ...

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Education groups oppose highway funding plan

With a vote pending on a bill that could divert general fund dollars into highway projects, the leaders of three prominent education groups are urging lawmakers to reject the idea. “There should be no higher priority than investing in our ...

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Report: State has ‘sunk’ $61 million into Schoolnet (access required)

The state has “sunk” about $61 million into a flawed statewide instructional management system, and now has few options going forward. That’s the conclusion of a state report criticizing the Schoolnet project — a system that was supposed to provide ...

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FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe (access required)

Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on March 20 approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional ...

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Monsanto to pay $350K to settle more wheat-related lawsuits

Monsanto said March 18 it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. The St. Louis company will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges ...

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Threshold for business property tax breaks could drop further (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce wants to lower the floor for property tax exemptions for business expansion projects. The current $3 million requirement for capital investment would be dropped to $500,000 under a plan the Commerce introduced in the House ...

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