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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 11, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert and host Greg Hahn discuss the events of Week 5 of Idaho's legislative session on Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports" program, which airs Friday night. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

The week that was... 40 

What a week this was! On tonight's “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV, I join host Greg Hahn, Jim Weatherby, and Kevin Richert to discuss the events of the week, which was marked by a huge outpouring of public input to lawmakers on everything from…

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Egyptian president Mubarak resigns

For those following events in Egypt, here's a link to our latest AP story, which says Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president and handed control to the military today after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds…

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Study: Welfare drug tests not cost-effective

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Department of Health and Welfare study concludes federal regulations forbid Idaho from requiring drug tests for recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and other big welfare programs. For two small programs where testing…

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Idaho State Liquor Division director Jeff Anderson tells legislative budget writers Friday that liquor sales continue to grow despite the down economy; he called state-run liquor sales "a very stable revenue stream" for the state.  (Betsy Russell)

One thing still growing: Liquor sales 

At the Idaho State Liquor Division, "We've experienced growth in spite of the negative economic environment that we've been operating in," Director Jeff Anderson told legislative budget writers this morning. The division turned over a record $47.2 million in net proceeds to the state in…

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