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Archive - Jan 3, 2014

Gov. Otter Orders Idaho To Take Over Management Of Privately-Run Prison

January 3, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Friday told lawmakers and media the state will take over management of a prison that's been operated by Corrections Corporation of America for several years.

In a letter to the Idaho Board of Correction, Otter says the state can do a better job of running the facility.

Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients

January 3, 2014

Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal.

While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its sourcing — and now, for example, only uses non-GMO pure cane sugar instead of beet sugar, says spokesman Mike Siemienas.

Merlene Allen Heileson

January 3, 2014

Merlene Allen Heileson, 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
She was born to the late Clinton and Merle Allen on Sept. 30, 1941 in Blackfoot. Merlene graduated from University of Idaho in 1963 with a degree in Home Economics and Music and later received a Master of Elementary Education from Brigham Young University.

Mayor Virtue preparing for life after politics

January 3, 2014

Always quick with a joke, Blackfoot's outgoing mayor, Mike Virtue, claims he will "just be making a cameo appearance" at the next city council meeting.
Virtue, who has served two terms as mayor, will tie up a few loose ends at the Jan. 7 meeting; then, he'll sit back and relax as a spectator to watch Paul Loomis take the "oath of office" as the city's new mayor.

 

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