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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 21, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

Otter's IGEM initiative clears House committee

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's $5 million proposal to speed commercialization of university research into commercial products that boost Idaho's economy won a House committee's blessing. The Commerce Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to send…

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Curt Fransen named new DEQ director

Curt Fransen, deputy director of the Idaho DEQ since 2007, has been named the agency's director by Gov. Butch Otter. Current Director Toni Hardesty is leaving this week to become the Idaho director of the Nature Conservancy; Otter praised Hardesty as he named Fransen to…

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Gingrich to campaign in CdA on Thursday

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will hold a town hall meeting in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday night, the Idaho Republican Party announced today. The event is set for 7:30pm at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, said Idaho GOP executive director Jonathan Parker. The former speaker of…

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Senate passes texting-while-driving ban 

The Senate has voted 29-6 in favor of SB 1274, the bill to ban texting while driving, making it an infraction; you can read my full story here at Among the comments in the Senate debate: "My cell phone won't text" - Sen. Monty…

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JFAC Co-Chair: 'They can introduce anything they like' 

JFAC Co-Chair Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, responding to the House Education Committee's introduction of two resolutions today aimed at overriding JFAC on state employee raises, said, "Obviously it's incumbent upon JFAC to set the budgets, and those decisions generally involve our personnel. It was my…

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