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Orchard is site of new University of Idaho organic center

An orchard in Sandpoint will be the site of the University of Idaho’s new Organic Agriculture Center. The Capital Press reports the orchard, donated Aug. 1 to the university by Dennis Pence and his family, will be known as the ...

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HealthCast healthcare security company acquired by Houston firm (access required)

A Boise-based security company specializing in the healthcare industry has been acquired by a Houston security company. Identity Automation, which provides access management, identity governance, and multifactor authentication software, purchased HealthCast Inc., which makes enterprise single sign-on and virtual desktop ...

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US agency gives initial OK to Montana mine tied up in court

U.S. officials on August 28 announced approval of the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area, yet it’s uncertain when work could begin because of a legal dispute over pollution at other sites. ...

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Idaho sheriffs say DMV software causing headaches, delays

Top Idaho officials on August 28 said they were fed up with the state’s latest driver’s license system, arguing the $10.5 million contract has failed to live up to its promises and instead has resulted in lengthy delays and chaotic ...

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US official reiterates push to move land agency out West

A high-ranking U.S. Interior Department official on August 23 reiterated the agency’s strong interest in moving its Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the American West. The move isn’t a done deal, Susan Combs, an assistant secretary at Interior, said ...

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With autonomous vehicles, security is a looming concern (access required)

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After the most recent hearing of the state’s autonomous vehicles committee, which focused on security, attendees were frightened. “The consensus is, this is pretty scary stuff,” summarized Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), after hearing from each ...

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Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That’s according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly ...

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