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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 18, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017






New phosphate mine approved in southeastern Idaho 

Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service late last week issued separate records of decisions approving the plan by Calgary-based Agrium. The BLM manages the area...

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Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)

DeVos suggests guns in school to protect kids from grizzlies 20 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press that mentions Idaho: WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids in remote schools in grizzly bear territory might need protection from the animals, so Donald Trump's choice to run the Education Department thinks it could be appropriate for teachers and administrators there to carry guns. Betsy DeVos told senators...

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Idaho exchange's subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Idaho's health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday. "Depending on what the repeal would look like, that would be the cost to Idaho," said Kelly, during a presentation to the Idaho House Health & Welfare...

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Burdick delineates court issues for lawmakers

Idaho lawmakers were challenged by Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick today to consider whether they want to continue the state’s policy of having at least one magistrate judge in each county that wants one, even as the population continues to concentrate in Ada,…

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Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, right, visits one of the dozens of booths set up in the Capitol rotunda for the annual Buy Idaho show on Wednesday, highlighting Idaho products and services. (Betsy Z. Russell)

It's 'Buy Idaho' day in the Capitol...

It’s “Buy Idaho” day in the Capitol, when the annual Buy Idaho show fills three floors of the Capitol rotunda, showcasing Idaho products and services and offering freebies galore. The show includes everything from honey to home inspections, cherries to beef jerky. It’s open to…

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