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Construction employment reaches highest level since 2008 (access required)

Workers at a Boise construction site.

National construction employment reached its highest level in January since 2008, as wages in the industry pushed ever higher, according to a trade group. Employment in the industry increased by 36,000 jobs from December to January, according to an analysis ...

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Rexburg hosts its first Startup Weekend

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Rexburg hosted its first Startup Weekend event Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 and is now considering doing one annually. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to turn an idea into a business. Participants form teams and ...

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Idaho House panel introduces bill limiting Indian gambling

The ongoing battle over appropriate Indian gambling is once again coming to a head in the Idaho Legislature, with both sides preparing to rip open old wounds. Rep. Tom Loertscher, a Republican from Iona, introduced legislation Feb. 8 that would ...

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USDA says removal of animal welfare records not final

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The Agriculture Department says “adjustments may be made” in its decision to remove animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website. The information, including lists of animal welfare violations at commercial ...

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Idaho insurance exchange sees another record enrollment

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Your Health Idaho’s executive director says nearly 106,000 Idahoans are enrolled in health insurance plans on the state-based exchange. Pat Kelly announced the record-breaking numbers Feb. 8. First-time enrollees made up roughly a third of total enrollment. The exchange is ...

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Trial starts Feb. 13 in ‘ghost worker’ private prison lawsuit

A private prison company accused by inmates of dangerously understaffing an Idaho prison as part of a scheme to boost profits will have a chance to present its defense to jurors Feb. 13 when a civil trial begins in Boise’s ...

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Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

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Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices Water Quality Audit found an overall compliance rate of 96 ...

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Montana/Idaho CDC loan volume soars in Idaho (access required)

In its first year with a one-man Boise office, the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. issued a larger volume of small business loans in Idaho than in its home state of Montana. The Missoula-based small business lender gave out ...

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Affordable housing and construction: The Trump effect (access required)

A pair of construction workers at a Boise project.

Construction and housing officials are waiting to see what impact the new Trump Administration has on the way they do business. Affordable housing proponents have identified a few areas of concern: Potential cuts in Section 8 housing subsidies and operating ...

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