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Southern Idaho company that makes food containers is expanding

A south-central Idaho company that makes food containers out of wheat straw has started work to double the size of its plant. The Times-News reports in a story on June 21 that Fabri-Kal is adding 75,000 square feet to its ...

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Central Idaho city eyes avalanche-zone rental home

Officials in the central Idaho town of Ketchum have approved doing an inventory of homes within avalanche zones not engineered to withstand avalanches and discussing the appropriate restrictions as rentals. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum City Council ...

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Lawmakers concerned about health provider contract in Idaho

Idaho lawmakers raised concerns June 21 about possible state law violations after receiving a request from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to delay finding a new provider for state employee health care benefits. Members of the State Employee Group Insurance and ...

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Officials: nuke waste treatment plant could be working by next spring

Officials say a treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring. The Post Register reports the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit was built to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste by 2012, ...

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Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were ...

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Tommy Ahlquist leaves Gardner Company for new venture

Developer and former gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has left his position as COO at the Gardner Company to create a new company with four other people, led by CEO Cortney Liddiard of Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls. Ahlquist said June ...

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Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

The Supreme Court ruled  June 21 that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. The justices’ 5-4 ...

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Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks’ hypothetical losses from credit cards increased in the latest “stress tests,” however. The first round ...

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