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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 6, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Ron Paul wins Idaho's GOP straw poll 

The Idaho Republican Party's first presidential straw poll tonight was won decisively by Ron Paul, with 173 votes of the 359 GOP members attending and paying $30 to cast a ballot at the party fundraiser at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Mitt Romney came in…

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Gov. Butch Otter joins University of Idaho President Duane Nellis, Idaho wheat growers and others to celebrate a new $2 million endowment for wheat research. (Betsy Russell)

UI announces new wheat research endowment

The University of Idaho, the Idaho Wheat Commission and Limagrain Cereal Seeds have announced a new $2 million effort to boost wheat research at the university, including two faculty research endowments. The project will allow restoration of five research-related positions in Moscow, Aberdeen and Lewiston…

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Cig tax hike backers revising bill 

A coalition of 25 organizations, from the American Lung Association in Idaho to the Idaho Association of Counties, is backing a $1.25 per pack increase in Idaho's cigarette tax, Heidi Low, coalition spokeswoman, told the Legislature's Health Care Task Force today. "We don't yet have…

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Lawmakers hear latest surplus estimates

The Legislature's joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee continues meeting this morning; you can watch live online here. So far today, the panel has heard from Micron Technology, which reported that Micron's 2010 sales revenue came 70 percent from Asia, 21 percent from the…

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