ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Martin Luther King Jr. was Born

By the History.com Editors

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On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. King received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 helped organize the first major protest of the African American civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi, he advocated civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to segregation in the South. The peaceful protests he led throughout the American South were often met with violence, but King and his followers persisted, and the movement gained momentum.

U.S. Small Business Administration announces re-opening of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to small lenders this week

Businesses can begin preparing to apply now; program will open to all lenders next week; information sessions for businesses offered by Washington Small Business Development Center

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Olympia – The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and Department of Commerce are reminding Washington’s small businesses, eligible nonprofits and lenders the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been funded with $284 billion for a new round of forgivable loans. The loan program is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Applications are being accepted now for both first and second draw loans.

Florida Resident Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Idaho Residents

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BOISE – Alvin Willie George, 25, of Cross City, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of cyberstalking, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. George was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise on December 11, 2019. Sentencing is set for April 8, 2021, before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

State of Innovation Challenge invites Washington youth to design solutions to the state's big issues

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Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, Career Connect Washington and community partners including 4-H Washington, announce the launch of the State of Innovation Challenge—a virtual, career-connected problem solving challenge that invites Washington youth to design and share their own solutions to some of the biggest issues Washington’s employers and communities are facing in 2020 and 2021.

IRS Criminal Investigation warns Idaho taxpayers about new wave of COVID-19 scams as second round of Economic Impact Payments are delivered

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DENVER — The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) is warning Idaho taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments.

DID YOU KNOW: There's a Giant Potato Airbnb You Can Stay In?

Images Courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission & The Insider

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BOISE, ID - Idaho is well known for its potatoes, but did you know you could sleep in one? About 30-minutes from downtown Boise, there's an Airbnb called the Big Idaho Potato Hotel. While the Airbnb doesn't look like much on the outside, it is incredibly well furnished on the inside. The structure measures out at 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11 feet tall. There's enough space inside for a queen size bed and a cozy lounge area. 

Regence parent company pays $10,000 fine to Washington state

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a fine against Cambia Health Solutions, Inc., parent company of Regence BlueShield, Asuris Northwest Health and Commencement Bay Risk Management Insurance Co., for failure to notify his office about the arrest of the incoming CEO of the company that it sought an affiliation with.    


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Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration and its partners report that in 2020, for the 23rd consecutive season, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10% to 20% of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead. 

Band, Orchestra Students Invited to Participate in World Premiere Composition

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MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 14, 2021 — The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) invites all ninth through 12th grade band and orchestra students throughout the United States to perform in a virtual world premiere composition created by U of I Professor Dan Bukvich. 


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