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Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card ...

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Foreclosures jump slightly from February to March (access required)

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Foreclosures have decreased from one year ago, but jumped slightly from February to March 2014. According to RealtyTrac, the monthly increase in foreclosure activity was driven by a 7 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure starts and a 6 percent monthly ...

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AGC kicks off national effort to reverse construction worker shortage (access required)

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The construction industry says it’s in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction ...

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Small businesses are in limbo again on tax breaks

Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money. Bills in Congress would extend tax deductions widely used by small businesses making equipment or property purchases. One, known ...

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Family Dollar to close 370 stores

Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar saidApril 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store ...

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Home price levels edge closer to normal nationwide (access required)

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Home price levels are edging their way back to normal, according to a new housing report. The 2014 Quarter 1 Trulia Housing Barometer said home prices are 67 percent back to normal nationwide, up 34 percent from one year ago. ...

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IBR pays tribute to six CEOs of Influence

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Successful organizations take their cues from, and are influenced by, their leaders. That’s why Idaho Business Review annually honors a select group of Idaho CEOs for their leadership, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance, community involvement and diversity, ...

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Business Briefs

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Inland Crane acquires Crane West One Boise crane company has merged with another, as Inland Crane has acquired Crane West for an undisclosed amount. The combined company has approximately 35 to 40 employees, according to Jeremy Haener, sales and marketing ...

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Lands Department sells 21 Payette Lake cottage sites (access required)

The Idaho Department of Lands sold 21 cottage site lots along Payette Lake at a voluntary auction on April 5 for  $6 million. The money from the sales goes to state universities and state hospitals. All but one of the ...

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Groups negotiating to end megaloads lawsuit

Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe are in mediation with the U.S. Forest Service to end a lawsuit concerning megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. Kevin Lewis of Idaho Rivers United said April 9 the groups ...

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