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Idaho chamber group pitches jobs incentives bill

Beset by high unemployment, Idaho lawmakers are considering ways they can stimulate job growth and jumpstart the state’s economic engine. A group of Idaho chambers of commerce weighed in Tuesday, introducing a measure that would give businesses more incentives to ...

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Fertility business owner charged with fraud

Federal prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Idaho woman with wire fraud after her Utah-based human egg donation business failed to make payments to egg donors in Missouri. Janae Helgerson of Boise was arrested and appeared in U.S. District Court in ...

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USDA: Farmers can plant genetically modified beets

The federal government says it will allow farmers to plant genetically modified sugar beets while it finishes work on a full environmental impact statement on the beets’ effect on other crops and the environment. Farmers had been waiting for the ...

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SEC: AEHI execs used company as ‘personal piggy bank’

Securities regulators say court-ordered discovery into a small would-be Idaho nuclear plant developer’s activities strengthen their claims that its executives treated the company “as their own personal piggy bank.” Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers filed documents about Alternate Energy Holdings ...

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Gov. Otter: Don’t privatize Idaho liquor stores

Idaho’s chief executive doesn’t want the state’s liquor dispensary sold to the private sector. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says overseeing hard liquor is the proper role of government, since Idaho’s Constitution says it’s the duty of public officials to help ...

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Idaho’s bond plan taking complex route to reality

A Wall Street banker, a lawmaker from Ketchum and an agency director combined to craft a plan to refinance Idaho’s $202.4 million in federal loans that have propped up the state’s unemployment safety net for thousands of workers broadsided by ...

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Internet sales tax hits dead end

House Speaker Lawerence Denney put the brakes on Idaho’s effort to tax Internet sales – at least for now. The bill to join the nationwide push had been introduced Jan. 26 in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. The vote ...

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Idaho takes center stage in union contractor fight

Idaho state and local governments could be forbidden to require bidders on public works projects to pay their workers pre-determined wages and benefits. A Republican-backed measure that cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee 7-2 on Wednesday seeks to outlaw so-called ...

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NIC president asks BNSF to donate land

The president of North Idaho College has asked billionaire Warren Buffett if the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway would consider donating a piece of land it owns to the college. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Priscilla Bell wrote to Buffett ...

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Idaho to patch, not replace bridges for now

State officials say bridges designed to last up to 60 years will have to hold out twice that long without an increase in transportation funding. That’s what Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness told lawmakers Thursday, saying his agency only has ...

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