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Idaho exchange director: Expect streamlined portal

A tight deadline to get Idaho's health insurance exchange running means its designers are aiming for a streamlined, straightforward web site to greet consumers when they log in for the first time come Oct. 1, the date enrollment begins as part of President Barack Obama's plan to make sure most Americans have insurance coverage.

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Nampa sugar plant aims to cut gas emissions

Officials with Amalgamated Sugar Co. are proposing to spend millions of dollars on new equipment and shutting down older machines to help reduce gas emissions blamed for creating haze in regional skies. The company has been working with state and ...

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Idaho tax revenue up for third straight year

Idaho tax revenue exceeded forecasts for a third year as the state’s economy slowly recovered — enough to add millions to rainy day reserve accounts, though they’re just half record levels of more than $400 million before the recession began ...

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Small business owners neglect retirement savings

Kari Warberg Block calls it her day of reckoning. It was the day 10 years ago that she realized she had saved nothing for her retirement. “I started thinking about all the money that had run through my hands over ...

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Idaho silver mine laying off 126 employees

U.S. Silver & Gold Inc. has announced the layoff of just more than one-third of its employees at its northern Idaho silver mine due to decreasing silver prices. The company announced July 16 that it was laying off 126 of ...

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Company poised to begin drilling for natural gas

A Texas company is poised to begin production drilling for natural gas from a pair of wells in southwestern Idaho. Houston-based oil company Alta Mesa, a partner with Snake River Oil and Gas, could begin as early as this week, ...

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Creditors agree to delay sale of Tamarack assets

A planned public auction of building materials, furnishings and unfinished construction projects at the failed Tamarack ski and golf resort in central Idaho has been put on hold for at least another two months. A series of notices filed late ...

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Fixing up seniors’ homes to help them age in place

Alberta Hough struggles to feed herself a snack, her arms shaking badly from Parkinson’s disease. Days earlier, the 84-year-old fell while eating, sliding off her kitchen chair. The rest of Hough’s day isn’t much easier to navigate. She wobbles into ...

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