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Plastic bag producer accused of failing to report toxins

An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste. The Idaho Conservation League announced July 25 that it has notified Novolex, which has a plant in Idaho, that it must ...

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1st US system to keep drones away from wildfires kicks off (access required)

The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal authorities say. The U.S. Interior Department announced the kickoff of the pilot project July 25 that uses a smartphone app ...

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A word about employee engagement with Brian Marshall of Ameriben

Brian Marshall is human resources director for Ameriben, a 58-year-old Meridian company that serves as a third party administrator for self-funded insurance plans. Ameriben handles retirement administration plans and other human resources consulting functions for companies around the country – ...

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Hastings Entertainment will close all its stores (access required)

Unable to find a buyer to continuing operating its stores, Hastings Entertainment will liquidate all 126 stores by Oct. 31, including its 10 stores in Idaho. Hastings has three stores in Boise, one in Meridian and one in Nampa. Hastings ...

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Idaho officials want gas and oil production records sooner

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission wants to know sooner and in more detail what companies are producing in the state. The panel voted 3-0 July 21 to direct the Idaho Department of Lands to work on proposed legislation ...

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World market trends are threatening Idaho dairies (access required)

Dairymen are facing their worst year since 2010, with average milk prices hovering about $1 below production costs. Last year was a rough one for dairymen as well. Milk revenue dropped 27 percent and dairy exports decreased by about 40 percent, ...

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