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AP Analysis: Western states lag in recovery

Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press’s monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in ...

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Idaho ends fiscal 2011 with $85 million surplus

A healthy share of Idaho’s $85 million 2011 budget surplus will go to offset taxes residents pay on food, but programs for the poor and disabled that saw a $108 million reduction in state and federal funding during the last ...

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Idaho education board approves extra $7.5M for state’s community colleges

The state Board of Education has voted to approve $7.5 million in additional funding for Idaho’s cash-strapped community colleges. The board called a special meeting July 11 to vote on the extra funding, which comes from the surplus Idaho is ...

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Northern Idaho prosecutor denies assessment appeal on theme park property

A person can’t appeal the property assessment on land the person doesn’t own, the Kootenai County prosecutor in northern Idaho has determined. Prosecutor Barry McHugh said he made his decision after analyzing Idaho law and seeking the advice of other ...

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Supermarkets consider replacing self-checkout lanes

(Editor’s note: This story was updated on July 12 to clarify that the move won’t affect stores in Idaho and several other states) Ten years after self-checkout lanes debuted in many American supermarkets, some chains are beginning to rethink the ...

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Judge blocks new Idaho anti-union law

A federal judge has blocked a new state law that sought to strip labor unions of power, ruling the measure passed this year during a flurry of anti-union zeal in the Idaho Legislature likely conflicts with federal law. The law ...

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Bank of America wants to remove Tamarack lifts

The nation’s biggest bank is planning to tear out two Tamarack Resort ski lifts, creating a troubling scenario for resort homeowners who hope the failed Idaho vacation development will be preserved intact for a potential buyer. Bank of America’s leasing ...

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New laws take effect as Idaho’s fiscal year begins

The start of a new month in Idaho also marked the introduction of a series of new state laws and the beginning of a new fiscal year. Measures approved by the 2011 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. C.L. ...

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Idaho won’t suspend Medicaid payments, after all

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare won’t suspend Medicaid payments to hospitals around the state, after all. A week ago, the agency announced it would suspend them for at least one week because an increase in claims was straining ...

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