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Insurance information sessions draw capacity crowds
Interest by state employees in the transition to a new health insurance provider, effective July 1, strained facilities during the first week of statewide meetings and prompted the Office of Insurance Management (OIM) to add another session in Boise Tuesday.

Open enrollment for insurance plan begins Monday
The Group Insurance Office of the Department of Administration recently announced that Blue Cross will have an online form available to help state employees complete the new enrollment process. Open enrollment begins Monday and concludes May 28.

NASA astronaut, pilot to be featured at youth academy
Astronaut and test pilot Joe Edwards this summer will give teens a firsthand account of how it feels to launch into space and test fighter jets. Edwards will be featured at the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, June 28-30, sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Division of Aeronautics.

When will gas prices impact driving decisions?
Concern about stampeding pump prices is rising faster than disdain for the Bush-Kerry presidential battle and fears over the war in Iraq. Motorists express a feeling of helplessness when they watch posted gas prices jerk upward three or four clicks at a time.

Rumbles to greet U.S. 12 drivers who cross the line
Rumble strips, which have proven effective in reducing automobile crashes by alerting drivers when their vehicle drifts out of the traffic lane, will begin appearing next week in an unfamiliar place – on the centerline of U.S. 12 curves between Lewiston and Kamiah.

New signs direct public to ITD meetings
How do you attract the public to a corridor study meeting or a public hearing? In addition to flyers and personal visits, commuters traveling Chinden Boulevard in Garden City last week were provided another form of notification about two public open houses for an upcoming repaving project.

Work to begin on historic Rainbow Bridge
Idaho 55 traffic will be restricted to one lane on Rainbow Bridge beginning Monday, May 3 while crews conduct a bridge inspection.

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