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By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 28, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat. The approval by late last week gives Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. permission to plant the potatoes this spring and sell them in the fall. There's no evidence that genetically modified organisms are unsafe to eat, but changing the genetic code of foods presents an ethical issue for some.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House Speaker Scott Bedke says he has appointed Rep. Clark Kauffman to serve on the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Bedke said Tuesday that Kauffman, a Republican from Filer, replaces Rep. Greg Chaney, a Republican from Caldwell.

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old snowboarder from southwest Idaho died after suffering injuries on Sun Valley Resort's Bald Mountain in central Idaho. Officials say Derek Klein of Meridian was found unresponsive at the base of a tree at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House lawmakers have killed legislation allowing FBI background checks on some state employees despite warnings from the bill's sponsor that doing so will cause the state to lose millions of federal funding. The proposal would have allowed the Department of Labor to conduct FBI fingerprint-based background checks on employees, applicants, contractors, interns and other.

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