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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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Alaska CEO announces Spokane flight (access required)

The Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will start flying directly between Boise and Spokane in August, with two flights per day. That route is currently served by Southwest Airlines, with Alaska also flying to Lewiston. Alaska’s flights, operated by Horizon Air, will ...

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Idaho House panel endorses creation of gaming commission

Increased scrutiny over the variety of Idaho’s slot-like machines has lawmakers calling for a new oversight board to regulate and investigate gambling throughout the state. The House State Affairs Committee introduced the proposal March 17. According to the legislation, a ...

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Telehealth bill is on its way to governor for signature

Legislation outlining acceptable telemedicine practices in Idaho is on its way to the governor’s desk. The Idaho Senate voted 31-3 to endorse the bill March 17. The proposal has already passed in the House. According to the bill, Idaho’s licensing ...

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Idaho House panel approves business sponsorships for state parks

A House panel has approved a proposal to let the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation receive money from corporate sponsors. The sponsorships would generate an estimated $20,000 in the first year and up to $100,000 in future years. Parks ...

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Online sales tax collection effort comes back (access required)

Collecting sales tax on online purchases could get Idaho $1 million to $3 million in two years. And the state could get up to $50 million if Congress or the courts rewrite federal law to require out-of-state online and catalog ...

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Chefs plan to purchase Reel Food Fish Shop (access required)

The Seattle-based owner of Reel Foods Fish Shop in Boise is negotiating with a pair of chefs who plan to buy the small fish market and oyster bar and start offering catering and cooking classes there. Reel Foods is the ...

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Boise Fry expanding through franchising (access required)

Boise Fry Co. will continue its push outside Idaho by opening franchised locations in Austin, Texas later this year, followed by other locations in Texas, Denver, and Lincoln, Neb. Co-founder Blake Lingle said the company has 10 franchises planned through  ...

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