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Report: State has ‘sunk’ $61 million into Schoolnet (access required)

The state has “sunk” about $61 million into a flawed statewide instructional management system, and now has few options going forward. That’s the conclusion of a state report criticizing the Schoolnet project — a system that was supposed to provide ...

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A word with Bret Buxton of United Metals Recycling (access required)

Bret Buxton manages commercial accounts for United Metals Recycling, one of the handful of Idaho companies that pick up scrap metal and other recyclables and sell them around the U.S. and overseas. Buxton, a Blackfoot native, has been working for ...

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FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe (access required)

Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on March 20 approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional ...

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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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