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Idaho spends most of its emergency opioid grant on treatment

Idaho spent the vast majority of its share of federal emergency money intended to fight the nation’s opioid crisis on treatment, much like other states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to an Associated Press analysis. Idaho was awarded $2 ...

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Idaho unemployment drops to 2.7 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in September dropped to 2.7 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday says it’s the 13th consecutive month Idaho’s unemployment rate has been at or below 3 percent. The agency says the number of people in ...

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Ransomware attack knocks out E. Idaho county’s system (access required)

Officials in eastern Idaho’s Madison County say a ransomware attack has left the county struggling to conduct business. County Commissioner Brent Mendenhall tells the Post Register in a story on Wednesday that county employees have been unable to send emails since Sunday. ...

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Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing (access required)

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. The Republican on Thursday made the remarks in his endorsement of a ballot initiative in the November ...

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Ballot initiatives, governor’s race draw most campaign money (access required)

A ballot initiative seeking to legalize historical horse racing devices that opponents say are the equivalent of illegal slot machines is drawing the most money leading up to Idaho’s November election. Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the secretary of ...

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Idaho seeks to force Texas oil company to turn over records (access required)

Idaho officials sought to force a Texas oil company to turn over records following an evaluation showing what the state calls “discrepancies” involving production records. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for ...

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IRS issues guidance on deductibility of business meals

The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December. The ...

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman dies at 96

Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase “God particle,” died Wednesday at 96. Lederman directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago from 1978 to ...

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Coeur d’Alene Tribe to build youth recreation center (access required)

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has approved plans for a nearly $16 million youth and family recreation center in northern Idaho. The center will be built on land near Worley owned by the tribe and its health care organization, Marimm Health. ...

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Despite strong economy, small business owners stay cautious (access required)

Although the economy is strong and consumers are optimistic, many small business owners are holding fast to their cautious approach to expansion. The government’s latest estimate of second-quarter economic growth, released earlier this month, showed that the gross domestic product ...

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