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State officials anticipate $151.4M shortfall this fiscal year (access required)

A new forecast of Idaho’s general fund tax revenue released Sept. 3 anticipates a $151.4 million budget shortfall by the end of the fiscal year that began July 1. Cuts in services, spending holdbacks and use of the state’s “rainy ...

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EPA awards $1.3 million in stimulus funds for work on underground tanks (access required)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 3 announced that it is distributing nearly $1,284,000 to Idaho in the form of a cooperative agreement for assessing and cleaning up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. EPA’s agreement is with the Idaho ...

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Idaho unemployment stays at 8.8 percent as work force shrinks (access required)

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady from July to August at 8.8 percent as 3,200 workers dropped out of the labor force. That contraction, second only to the 6,600 labor force drop in January, reflected employer reluctance to expand ...

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Advanced Precision Machining to manufacture shotguns (access required)

Advanced Precision Machining has retooled its plant on South Adkins Way in Meridian to manufacture shotguns, a move that could double its employment, the Idaho Department of Commerce said in a statement. The machining company had downsized in recent years ...

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Second settlement with Pfizer brings $489,000 to Idaho (access required)

Idaho will receive an additional $489,000 as a result of a second $33 million settlement with Pfizer Inc. related to the alleged improper marketing of the antipsychotic drug Geodon, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wasden joined with the attorneys general ...

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Insurance agents show how to cut workers' comp costs (access required)

Two Treasure Valley insurance agents will present a workshop teaching manufacturers how to “trim the fat” from workman’s comp costs. The workshop, hosted by industry group TechHelp, is slated to run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the ...

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Idaho will receive $658,000 from health care fraud settlement (access required)

Idaho will receive more than $658,000 as part of the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wasden joined other states and the federal government in a settlement with Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest ...

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INL investigating identity of suspected gas leak (access required)

A little over a week after a suspected gas leak led to the evacuation of several buildings at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex, investigators have released a few details but are still working to identify the identity ...

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Nu-West files lawsuit to speed up phosphate clean-up (access required)

Nu-West Industries Inc. and Nu-West Mining Inc. filed a lawsuit against the federal government Sept. 2 to speed clean-up of four historic phosphate mine sites they own in southeastern Idaho. The company, known collectively as Nu-West, said in a news ...

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Service industries push for state concessions, incentives (access required)

Commercial services: State lawmakers need to make concessions in order to get the utilities and services industries on a working, level playing field with the rest of the nation. Banking, insurance, energy and technology leaders told the governor’s panel Monday ...

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