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Frigid winter has given way to a warming economy

The U.S. economy is emerging from hibernation after a bleak winter. Consumers are ramping up spending, businesses are ordering more goods and manufacturers are expanding. The strengthening numbers show that harsh snowstorms and frigid cold in January and February were ...

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Outdoor Exchange expands its space in downtown Boise (access required)

The Outdoor Exchange opened in 2012 and now occupies 4,000 square feet in Boise's Linen District. Photo by Jennifer Gonzalez.

Boise’s Outdoor Exchange has doubled its storefront space in the Linen District. Located at 1514 Grove. St., the store specializes in selling high-end consignment outdoor gear and clothing. Tenant improvement to expand the store from 1,900 square feet to 4,000 ...

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Idaho program readies golfers for the business of the game (access required)

A view of the University of Idaho's golf green, looking south. Photo courtesy of the University of Idaho.

Thousands of golfers around the country are living the dream by making a living in the sport they love. And hundreds of those golf professionals are graduates of The University of Idaho’s Professional Golfers’ Association Golf Management program. The program ...

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Law aims to boost halal, kosher food for poor

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For the first time, the federal government is required to purchase and provide food banks emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith. The void was first ...

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High lime prices are giving US bartenders a hangover

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Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little. Luna Park, known for its large selection of craft cocktails, ...

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Chamber’s ad buy aims to lift establishment GOP

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads in North Carolina and Georgia in a crunch-time effort to help establishment-backed Republicans in crowded Senate primaries. It is also pumping money into commercials praising GOP hopefuls in Michigan, Montana and Alaska. ...

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More than 76,000 sign up for health insurance

West Valley Hospital equipment. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

More than 76,000 people signed up for health insurance on Idaho’s exchange through the end of March under the federal Affordable Care Act, officials said. Your Health Idaho announced the total April 28 after figures were released by the U.S. ...

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Baby Boomers look to disposition of family businesses (access required)

Best Bath System CEO Gary Multanen (left) with Zions Bank Western Idaho Region Toni Nielson. Photo by Brad Iverson-Long.

Passing down a family-owned business is a thorny dilemma that combines both business and family matters. But putting together a plan and looking outside the family for help can help ease a difficult decision. “The top issue we encounter is ...

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For family lawyers, online legal advice can present stiff competition

Diane Minnich, the executive director of the Idaho State Bar, said online law services haven't provided much competition to Idaho lawyers. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

Attorney Audrey Numbers, who runs family law firm Numbers Law Office, often meets clients who started out trying to use online forms instead of hiring an attorney. “What surprises me is the number of people who can afford an attorney ...

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Business Briefs: Crane Creek Country Club plans renovations

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Crane Creek Country Club plans renovations Renovations are planned at Boise’s Crane Creek Country Club. The $3.5 million project will include renovation of the golf course to meet USGA specifications for the front nine holes. The club’s board plans to ...

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