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Demand for high-tech health help grows during cold stretch

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A health-care system in western Michigan says more than 400 people used an online service to seek help for non-emergencies during the extreme cold spell. Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids says MedNow typically sees 250 ...

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Arts commission wants to up fellowship odds for folk artists

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The Idaho Commission on the Arts is looking to make it easier for traditional and folk artists to receive fellowship grants from the state. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday unanimously approved a rule change requested by the commission ...

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Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Health officials in southwestern Idaho are warning medical care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles because of an outbreak in western Washington that has sickened at least 26 people. Officials with Southwest District Health in Caldwell, ...

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Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho indicates a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. A group of federal, state and tribal fisheries managers predicts just over 48,000 spring chinook will return to ...

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Avista, Hydro One abandon plans for sale

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane, Washington-based Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. have abandoned plans for the Canadian utility to buy Avista. The Spokesman-Review reports the two companies announced the termination of the proposed $5.3 billion deal Wednesday afternoon. ...

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Will robots take your job? Quarter of US workers at risk

Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. Thursday’s report from the Washington think tank says roughly 36 ...

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Utah starting $2.5M debt forgiveness program for tech grads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is rolling out a program to forgive college debt for tech workers who stay and work in the state. Lawmakers created the Talent Development Incentive Loan Program $2.5 million program last year to retain ...

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Small business optimism showing early signs of slippage

NEW YORK (AP) — The fears of a slowing economy that sent stocks falling the past few months may be spreading to small business owners who have been quite optimistic in recent years. The problem for businesses is consumer spending ...

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UN forecasts global economic growth around 3 percent in 2019

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy will grow around 3 percent annually in 2019 and 2020, but waning support for multilateralism, escalating trade disputes, increasing debt and rising climate risks are clouding prospects, the United Nations said Monday. The ...

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Board that oversees Idaho education makes budget request

The Idaho office that provides support staff to the State Board of Education in overseeing the state’s $2.3 billion education system from kindergarten through the doctoral level is requesting lawmakers approve a budget of about $16.5 million. State Board of ...

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