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Budget panel gives $6.6M to education network

Companies running Idaho’s troubled broadband education network will be paid for work completed since last year, but lawmakers haven’t decided how to handle funding for the coming year amid a contract dispute. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Feb. 24 ...

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Idaho gov orders police to investigate CCA prison

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has ordered the state police to conduct a criminal investigation of understaffing and falsified documents at a private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The governor made the decision — a reversal of ...

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Lawmakers could expand alcohol free samples (access required)

Idaho lawmakers are considering two proposals to expand customer sampling of Idaho-made alcoholic beverages. An Idaho Senate committee on Feb. 14 passed legislation to allow small tastings of distilled spirits at distilleries, while a House committee on Feb. 16 introduced ...

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Idaho lawmaker wants to abolish Unfair Sales Act (access required)

Idaho State Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, says the state should ditch an antiquated law that prohibits retailers from selling items for below cost. The state’s Unfair Sales Act was passed in 1939, and Monks says many economic and societal advances, ...

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Micron asks Legislature to crack down on patent trolls (access required)

Micron Technology Inc. is asking the Idaho Legislature to crack down on patent trolls. The Boise-based semiconductor manufacturer, which holds thousands of patents, introduced legislation in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee Feb. 14 that would crack down on “bad ...

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Unlocking the government as a buyer for manufacturers (access required)

Getting into government contracting can open up a new source of buyers for manufacturers, but qualifying for contracts and submitting bids can be an ordeal. An organization recently set up to help manufacturers in Idaho, the American Manufacturers Network, has ...

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Idaho Supreme Court rules in favor of Boise trucking company (access required)

The Idaho Supreme Court overturned a previous high court ruling and sided with a trucking company, reversing a lower court decision saying the trucking company owed the state $13,278 in unemployment taxes for its truck drivers. The previous Supreme Court ...

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Committee OKs plan to raise speed limits in Idaho

The Senate geared up Feb. 11 to raise Idaho’s speed limits, as proponents aim to help drivers shave five minutes off their trips for every 100 miles traveled. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls and the bill’s main sponsor, said the ...

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Disputed ‘ag gag bill’ advances in Idaho Senate

Milk producers convinced state senators Feb. 11 to back a bill aiming to halt spying on their operations, a measure prompted by animal activists who captured cruelty at a southern Idaho dairy on film in July 2012. The Agricultural Affairs ...

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Senator urges yes vote on minimum-wage increase

Activist groups are throwing their weight behind a Senate bill to increase Idaho’s minimum wage after abandoning an effort to gather enough signatures to put a similar measure before voters next November. The bid to put more money in the ...

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