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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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Idaho House committee endorses up to $100 million for roads

A House panel is endorsing a bill to raise $70 million to $100 million for Idaho’s crumbling roads, marking the first major hurdle cleared by a transportation funding plan as the legislative session approaches its end. The House Transportation and ...

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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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