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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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Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

The phones at Red’s Trading Post wouldn’t stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had ...

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Water group gears up to fight Caldwell over drains

The state’s biggest water lobbying group has joined a small irrigation district’s fight to stop Caldwell from seizing control of some of the district’s canals and ditches where the city wants to continue disposing of storm water that runs off ...

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Idaho Supreme Court rules for utility in tax fight

A divided Idaho Supreme Court has sided with PacifiCorp in the utility’s tax fight against the state that officials say will likely shift millions worth of assessments to other classes of property owners. Justices issued their 3-2 ruling Dec. 24 ...

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A fiscal cliff concern for dairy farmers

As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy ...

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US home sales surge to highest level in 3 years

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes jumped to their highest level in three years in November, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates. The report was the latest sign of a sustained recovery in the housing market. The ...

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Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season

When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never. This holiday shopping season, many stores haven’t been offering the same blockbuster deals as they did last year. Instead, they’ve dangled offers of free shipping and no-fee layaways to ...

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Idaho tax agency releases study on business tax

A new state report on how Idaho’s hundreds of cities, counties and local taxing districts rely on fees levied against business equipment has been published in time for the 2013 Legislature, where lawmakers in Boise will be urged by a ...

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US homebuilder confidence at 6 1/2-year high

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders inched up in December, to the highest level in more than six and a half years, as builders reported the best market for newly built homes since the housing boom. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells ...

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