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Morning News: U.S. Homebuilders Request More Permits, Idaho School Laptop Bidding Process Underway

Welding-caused fire at INL prompts evacuations | AP Welders working on the roof of a building at the Idaho National Laboratory nuclear research site caused a fire that prompted the evacuation of employees. KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls ( reported on Monday that nobody was injured in the blaze at the Materials and Fuels Complex. (

US homebuilders request most permits in 3 1/2 years | U.S. builders requested the most permits in March for single-family homes and apartments in 3 1/2 years, suggesting that many expect the housing market to improve over the next year. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that permits, a gauge of future construction, rose 4.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 747,000 in March. That’s the highest level since September 2008. (

Idaho Kicks Off School Laptop Bidding Process | AP Idaho has started accepting bids for a contract to provide every high school student and teacher with a laptop, or similar device. The state is giving computer manufacturers until May 25 to submit their pitches, according to a request for proposals issued by Idaho’s Division of Purchasing. (


  • Chris Peterson

    I hope that they look at more than price. Cheap usually means cheap! A $500 laptop is that. Not manufactured to last the same way that a $1000 laptop is. It doesn’t take too long for a low end machine to feel slow and sluggish. Pay for quality Idaho, our kids and teachers deserve it. You gave them the shaft everywhere else! IDLeg that means YOU!

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