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Idaho Public Defense Commission: New standards need teeth

Members of Idaho’s Public Defense Commission say that without more authority, there’s not much reason to keep working on statewide recommendations. Lawmakers created the commission in 2014, asking members to come up with quality standards to improve Idaho’s problematic public ...

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Idaho lawmakers review urban renewal practices

Idaho lawmakers are working to come up with a plan to overhaul the state’s 50-year-old urban renewal laws, which have helped lure major companies to Idaho, but still face criticism for lax oversight. A legislative interim committee met Sept. 21 ...

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Company expects record-breaking sugar beet yields

An Idaho company is expecting record sugar beet crops to yield nearly 40 tons per acre in Magic Valley this year. The Times-News reported farmers began digging crops on Sept. 8, and Amalgamated Sugar Co. has since processed 80,000 tons ...

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Credit unions are ramping up their mortgage lending (access required)

Credit unions are increasing their mortgage lending, boosted by growing awareness and demand, increased lending staff, new regulations regarding counseling and highly competitive rates. A report from the research company TransUnion said credit unions provided 11 percent of U.S. mortgage ...

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Wilder students will receive iPads

By Nov. 12, every student in Wilder’s two schools could have an iPad. District Superintendent Jeff Dillon applied for state pilot project grants for iPads without success. Then he began talking to officials with Apple about equipping his 450 students, ...

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New website shows benefits of building with wood (access required)

A website promoting wood as a sustainable building material was recently launched by the Innovative Wood Products Collaborative of Olympia, Wash. The site is designed to help reduce carbon emissions involved in the construction of buildings while also boosting rural ...

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Popeyes chicken will span Idaho west to east and maybe south to north (access required)

A set of six Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen national fried chicken and seafood restaurants will dot the freeway corridor across southern Idaho in coming months. Popeye franchisee Norcal Cajun Foods of Concord, Calif., opened its first Idaho Popeyes at Nampa’s Gateway ...

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A downtown hotel is slated for Nampa (access required)

Nampa intends to swap land with a private company to enable construction of a hotel on the surface parking lot at the Nampa Civic Center. The 81-room Best Western Plus would be the only hotel within easy walking distance of ...

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