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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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Patrick Dempsey says he’s made winning bid for Tully’s Coffee

Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp. On Jan. 3, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for ...

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Car sales are strong in the United States (access required)

U.S. auto sales hit a five-year high in 2012, as low interest rates, improving consumer confidence and — most important — some great new cars drew buyers into dealerships. Sales of new cars and trucks are expected to reach 14.5 ...

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Idaho bar owner sent to prison, could lose resort

A Fruitland bar owner who pleaded guilty to income tax evasion, illegal gambling and conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to give up a small hotel he built in Mexico. U.S. ...

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Red states including Idaho get health care nod from Obama

Injecting a rare shot of bipartisanship in the nation’s contentious health care overhaul, the Obama administration Jan. 3 cleared four Republican-led states to build their own consumer-friendly insurance markets. With open enrollment for millions of uninsured Americans just nine months ...

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