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New company formed for agricultural use of unmanned vehicles (access required)

The three Idaho companies that received federal approval to fly drones commercially for agricultural purposes have formed a new company, Empire Unmanned. Empire Unmanned is led by Brad Ward, who is also a vice president with Advanced Aviation Solutions. Along ...

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Judge voids broadband contract, clarifies ruling

A district judge said Idaho’s troubled broadband contract is void, clarifying a November ruling that sent state officials scrambling to find a solution to preserve the state’s public schools broadband program. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen submitted his final ruling ...

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Community and regional planning could be the first of several Boise State degrees to go (access required)

Boise State University is eliminating its Community and Regional Planning certificate and graduate programs, citing a dearth of students and low state funding. Boise State’s Program Prioritization planning model, completed in the summer of 2014, says three more programs will ...

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Finance Department looks to provide some relief for banks (access required)

The Idaho Department of Finance is seeking to ease some regulations on Idaho-based banks and tweak some state banking laws to comply with federal law. The legislation was introduced with one dissenting vote by the Idaho House Business Committee on ...

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Appeals court: St. Luke’s Health System broke antitrust laws

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that determined St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group violated federal antitrust laws. The appeals court in a 37-page decision released Feb. 10 upheld ...

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“In-sourcing” could save Idaho on legal costs (access required)

The state of Idaho has paid $40 million over the past four years for private legal work, according to a new survey from the Idaho Legislature’s nonpartisan watchdog. The report found a few areas where the state could save money. ...

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A word with University of Idaho President Chuck Staben (access required)

Chuck Staben, the president of the University of Idaho, is a biochemist who has spent most of his career in academia, including at Berkeley, where he earned a doctoral degree in biochemistry, and at Stanford, where he did two years ...

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Five Idaho startups pitching to investors (access required)

Five Idaho startup companies are presenting to investors Feb. 12 at the Wayne Brown Institute’s Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference in Midway, Utah. The WBI  started offering programs in Boise last year as part of its partnership with Zions Bank. ...

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Sun Valley Air Club partners with Jackson Jet Center (access required)

Jackson Jet Service of Boise will manage the Sun Valley Air Club’s private charter operations, taking over for Mountain Aviation. The club is a membership charter plane service. Founder and CEO Norman Nie said Jackson has greater capabilities, with several ...

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Optometrists want tax exemption for glasses, contacts (access required)

Idaho optometrists want to make eyeglasses and contact lenses exempt from the state’s sales tax. A lobbyist for the optometrists introduced legislation Feb. 3 that would exempt glasses this year and contact lenses next year. Each would carry a $1.6 ...

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