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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 26, 2010

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Report: Idaho should replace its worst prisons

Idaho should start planning now to replace the state's most outdated, inefficient, hard-to-staff and expensive-to-run prisons, a new report from the Legislature Office of Performance Evaluations found today, a move that would yield big long-term savings and set the state up to better manage the…

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GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward kicks off an 18-stop official announcement tour of the 1st Congressional District with a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday. Ward faces state Rep. Raul Labrador in the GOP contest for a chance to challenge Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. (Betsy Russell)

Ward launches 18-stop tour of state 

GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was enthusiastically endorsed by former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, former state Board of Education President Milford Terrell and Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak at a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday as he kicked off…

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Vailas: Record enrollment at ISU

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas told lawmakers ISU has a record enrollment this year by headcount, which includes all students, full and part-time, professional-technical and academic, graduate and undergraduate. That figure at ISU this year is 15,553, and includes students from across the nation…

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How funding compares for each university... 

BSU President Bob Kustra displayed a pie chart to legislative budget writers showing the amount of state general funds per student that each Idaho four-year college or university receives. The amounts: $8,946 at the University of Idaho; $7,324 at Idaho State University; $5,459 at Lewis-Clark…

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Lawmakers question university reserves

Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, House Appropriations vice-chairman, questioned BSU President Bob Kustra about the university's unrestricted net assets, just as he questioned University of Idaho President Duane Nellis about that a day earlier. "How much of that money could be used today to help us…

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