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US construction spending up 1.8 percent in April to record

U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years. The April gain reversed a 1.7 percent drop in March, the Commerce Department reported June 1. The ...

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Idaho’s legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders announced May 30 that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter might call a special legislative session to address a water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said all stakeholders have reached an ...

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Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now

Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald’s to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn’t have kiosks to take orders, people didn’t use smartphones to pay, ...

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Survey: US businesses add a solid 178,000 jobs in May (access required)

U.S. businesses added 178,000 jobs in May, according to a survey, a solid total but below the average monthly gains accumulated over the winter. Payroll processor ADP said May 30 that hiring was strong in construction, education and health care, ...

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Federal judge refuses to dismiss whistleblower lawsuit

A federal judge has narrowed the claims in a whistleblower case against the Idaho Department of Labor, but indicated he’ll likely allow the case to go to a jury trial. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ...

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Court: more study needed on Yellowstone-area gold mining

A gold exploration proposal just north of Yellowstone National Park has suffered a significant setback with a court ruling released May 26 that faulted Montana officials for understating mining’s potential harm to land, water and wildlife. The ruling from a ...

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Equilar, AP Study: Highest-paid CEO in Idaho is at Boise Cascade

Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than that for ...

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Idaho adds inspection stations to target invasive species

Idaho officials have added watercraft inspection stations and extended operating hours at some in anticipation of a busy season. The Capital Press reports the Idaho stations that intercept invasive species have already found 22 watercrafts with harmful mussels this year. ...

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University of Idaho’s president to leave next spring

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced that University of Idaho President Chuck Staben’s contract will not be renewed in 2019. The board announced May 26 they came to a mutual agreement with Staben that the 2018-19 school year ...

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Women CEOs still a rarity, but pay tops that of men

Female CEOs remain scarce at the biggest publicly traded companies but those who hold the top job receive pay competitive with male peers. Women make up only 5 percent of the CEO ranks at S&P 500 companies. Yet median compensation ...

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