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INL buildings clear first obstacle

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
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   This May 11 photo shows an exterior view of the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory, near Idaho Falls.

By Bryan Clark BOISE — An effort to fund the construction of two new education and research facilities associated with Idaho National Laboratory cleared its first major legislative hurdle Tuesday. The Senate Education Committee unanimously recommended that Senate Concurrent Resolution 105 be passed by the full Senate. The resolution would allow the Idaho State Building
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Bill would offer incentives to Idaho’s data centers

Feb 27th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho would join 20 other states currently offering sales tax incentives to data centers under newly introduced legislation. Officials with the Idaho Department of Commerce are backing a measure that would offer sales tax rebates to eligible server equipment, which are typically replaced every three to five years in a data
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Utah bill loosens who sees booze poured but keeps barriers

Feb 27th, 2017 | By
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By Michelle L. Price/Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In heavily Mormon Utah, a lawmaker introduced a proposal Monday allowing restaurants to stop using walls or backrooms known as “Zion Curtains” that block customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being made. Supporters say the longtime requirement helps curb underage drinking by hiding the glamour of
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Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

Feb 27th, 2017 | By
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By Rebecca Boone/ Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors also found that the company, formerly called Corrections Corporation of
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Attracting talent: The Millennial

Feb 20th, 2017 | By
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Press Release Cities across the nation are vying to attract millennials. Surprisingly, one rural community in Eastern Idaho is home to one of the country’s largest groups of young talent – branding itself “Millennial City USA.” Over 81% of the 26,000 people living in Rexburg are under 30, and the median age is 22 –
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Bill exempting yoga regulation heads to Idaho House floor

Feb 20th, 2017 | By
Chelsea Despain teaches a yoga class at the Logan Recreation Center on Monday. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill shielding yoga training from state regulations is headed to the Idaho House floor. The House Education Committee unanimously voted Monday to advance a measure that would exempt certain yoga instruction programs from being regulated just like for-profit vocational schools, which oversee students enrolled in programs
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Private prison official: Bonuses were paid for cutting costs

Feb 20th, 2017 | By

By Rebecca Boone/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former regional manager for private prison company Corrections Corporation of America says top employees at a private prison in Idaho were given yearly bonuses if they cut costs on salary, wages and other operational expenses and met other company goals. CCA, which has since changed its
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Report ranks Idaho third best in nation for business, thanks partly to low wages

Feb 20th, 2017 | By

By Zach Kyle/The Idaho Statesman A finance news and opinion website ranked Idaho the third-best state for business, though not all of the report’s findings are good for workers. The website, 24/7 Wall St., crunched Census data and ranked states by several factors contributing to favorable business conditions. Idaho notched the 10th-highest change in state
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Still in the Saddle: Franklin County’s Marvin Graham keeps on working his magic

Feb 20th, 2017 | By
Marvin Graham talks about his various careers as he tools a piece of leather in his shop on Monday morning. (John Zsiray/Herald Journal)

By Amy Macavinta, HJ News Staff Writer Marvin Graham’s home sits on a 50-acre parcel of land southwest of Preston on a bluff overlooking the Bear River. Inside, a fire crackles in the wood stove, but ice crystals still formed on the window, framing the view of the river bottoms below. This is where Graham
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Nevada lawmaker seeks precautionary ban on human microchips

Feb 14th, 2017 | By

By Alison Noon/The Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Computer chips that store personal information and could be used to pinpoint someone’s location could not be implanted in humans without consent under a bill Nevada state lawmakers weighed on Monday. Lawmakers on a judicial panel considered whether Nevada should join at least four other
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