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WSU study finds no more genetically modified wheat

A study by Washington State University has found no additional sign of the genetically modified wheat discovered at one Oregon farm this spring. The tests involved dozens of wheat varieties developed at Washington State, the University of Idaho and Oregon ...

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Late-payment rate on mortgages fell in 2Q

Homeowners are doing a better job of making timely mortgage payments, a trend that brought down the national late-payment rate on home loans in the second quarter to the lowest level in five years. The percentage of mortgage holders at ...

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Megaload resumes journey after tribal blockade

The first of two massive shipments of oil refinery equipment continued its trek along scenic U.S. 12 early Tuesday after being temporarily halted by members of the Nez Perce Tribe who blocked the highway in protest. The load departed the ...

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US construction spending down 0.6 percent in June

Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in June by the largest amount in five months as government building activity declined to the lowest level since 2006. Even housing activity slowed but that setback was likely to be temporary. Construction spending ...

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Agency ponders fine for Lewiston port

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is deciding whether to fine the Port of Lewiston thousands of dollars for failing to comply with the terms of the federal permit issued for a dock expansion project. The agency contends crews discharged ...

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Idaho company proposes hydropower project in Oregon

An Idaho company has gotten approval to explore building a dam and reservoir near Prineville to store water for generating electricity. The developers envision the project called “pumped hydro storage” as a complement to balance intermittent supplies from such sources ...

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CenturyLink reaches deal with union, avoids strike in Idaho, western states

CenturyLink and its largest union have announced a deal that could avoid a strike of 11,000 workers in 13 mostly western states, which threatened to disrupt phone and Internet service for millions of consumers. The proposed agreement reached July 30 ...

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Former Tamarack suitor gets 17 years in prison

The man who once tried to buy Idaho’s cash-strapped Tamarack Resort was ordered July 31 to immediately begin serving 17 years in prison for raiding pension funds to help finance the deal. Matthew Hutcheson, a former trustee who oversaw pension ...

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Japan resumes wheat imports to glee of US growers

Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer’s field. The news was met with cheers by regional and national wheat growers. “It’s ...

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