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Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare (access required)

The Idaho Department of Insurance is housed in the Williams Building shown here in Boise

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Jan. 24 revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It’s believed to be the first state to take ...

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Changing plans: Tax law makes small businesses rethink ideas

Machinery at Payette Brewery.

As Congress debated a new tax law at the end of last year, Jerell and Elissa Klaver began revising their company’s plans for 2018. The Klavers crunched the numbers, estimating how a lower tax rate and bigger deductions on equipment ...

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Federal agency proposes approving Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials are proposing approving Idaho’s request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some area residents. The U.S. ...

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Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

File photo

President Donald Trump is signing a measure Jan. 23 imposing tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The administration says the decision is part of Trump’s pledge to put American companies ...

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Idaho House panel introduces speed limit bill

Semi Truck by Mile 173

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would allow trucks, buses and other large vehicles to go the same speed limit as other vehicles on the state’s highways. House Transportation and Defense Committee Chairman Joe Palmer, a Republican from ...

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Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

A man installs solar panels on the roof of a home.

Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn’t bring on an eclipse. Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump’s call on whether to slap tariffs ...

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Shutdown is already putting the brakes on small business activity

U.S. Capitol. File photo.

Some small businesses are already feeling the impact of the shutdown of the federal government, whether they want to borrow money, be paid or get information from federal agencies. A look at some of the ways companies are being affected: ...

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Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just ‘a blip’

The U.S. Capitol.

If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks ...

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Good dog, bad dog … Delta wants to know before you board

Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself. The airline says complaints about animals ...

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Idaho judge grants class action status for ACLU lawsuit

An Idaho judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho over public defender funding can move forward as a class action lawsuit. The Post Register reports the judge issued the ruling on Jan. ...

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