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Idaho dome manufacturer building structures across the world

In 1967, Barry South and his brothers David and Randy came up with an idea for a business that changed the shape of potato cellars for some eastern Idaho growers — they wanted to construct domes. The inspiration for the ...

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Idaho board extends search for Boise State University president

Idaho State Board of Education has extended its search for the next president of Boise State University after interviewing three possible candidates. The board announced May 17 that an interim president will be appointed while officials work to find a ...

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Builder optimism bounces in May after 4 month slide

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects, reflecting strong demand for newly built homes with existing homes in short supply. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released May 15 rose two points to ...

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How small businesses can navigate rising interest rates

It’s a good news-bad news situation for small businesses when interest rates rise. The Federal Reserve says that the economy is doing well, so it has raised its key rates recently and is expected to do so again in the ...

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Study: Nearly all teachers spend own money on school needs

Nearly all public school teachers report digging into their pockets to pay for school supplies, spending nearly $480 a year, far more than the federal $250 tax deduction available to teachers. The findings by the National Center of Education Statistics ...

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Officials to end joint pass for Yellowstone, Grand Teton national parks

The National Park Service is discontinuing a joint pass that allowed visitors to enter both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks on a single admission fee. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the $50 weekly pass that covered admission to both ...

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California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on May 9 moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. The new building standard — unanimously approved by the five-member California ...

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Big donations disclosed in lead up to Idaho primary

The latest campaign finance disclosure reports show statewide candidates and political action committees have attracted millions of dollars of support for the much anticipated May 15 primary election. The financial disclosures released May 8 in compliance with Idaho’s sunshine reporting ...

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Utility commission OKs new rate class for solar power users

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a plan to move Idaho Power customers who generate their own solar electricity to a new rate class. The regulatory commission also on May 9 ordered Idaho Power to study those ...

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China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming, Chinese buyers are canceling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues. At the same time, farmers in China are ...

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