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US home prices rose last year by most in 6.5 years

U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to a report ...

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Idaho investigates private prison

The Idaho State Police has launched an investigation into staffing levels at the state’s largest private prison after state officials said they found discrepancies in the prison’s monthly reports. The Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America has run the Idaho ...

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Indicted Tamarack buyer aims to represent himself

The man who once wanted to buy Tamarack Resort but was instead indicted on fraud charges related to the proposed deal is again at odds with an attorney who is supposed to represent him. Matthew Hutcheson now wants to represent ...

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Environmental groups to sue over caribou habitat

Environmental groups will sue the federal government over its decision to cut more than 90 percent of the land originally proposed as critical habitat for the last mountain caribou herd in the Lower 48 states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

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Telecoms to lawmakers: Lift cold-call restrictions

Idaho landline phone companies contend a 13-year-old law forbidding them from cold-calling existing customers is crippling their ability to market high-speed Internet. Frontier Communications, headquartered in Minnesota, and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc., are pushing to revamp Idaho’s 2000 law to ...

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Lewiston, Twin Falls ban sexual identity discrimination

Twin Falls and Lewiston are the latest cities in Idaho to take steps to prohibit discrimination for hiring of city jobs based on a person’s sexual preference or identity. In meetings in both cities Dec. 14, city councils approved adding ...

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Idaho lawmakers, Otter agree on revenue forecast

In a rare move since the Great Recession hit the state, Idaho lawmakers decided Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s tax revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year wasn’t too optimistic. The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee voted 14-4 Dec. 8 ...

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Port approves subsidy to keep container business

Port of Portland commissioners have approved an incentive program to entice container-shipping companies to continue visiting the city amid a decline in productivity. The commissioners voted 7-2 on Jan. 9 to pay $10 per container to carriers who stop at ...

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Opponents seek to derail Montana coal line

Opponents of a railroad that would open Montana’s coal fields to new mining have asked federal officials to halt their review of the proposal, alleging it would be much larger than disclosed with impacts stretching to the West Coast. Backers ...

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