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Idaho Falls man sentenced to up to 20 years after bank heist

An Idaho Falls man accused of robbing a bank and making bomb threats has been sentenced to six to 20 years in prison. The Post Register reports 28-year-old Matthew Todd Baker was arrested last October after he robbed a bank. ...

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Lawsuit: Charging students fees violates Idaho Constitution

Lawyer Robert Huntley, a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice, has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, urging Idaho school districts to stop charging students fees. The lawsuit names every school district in Idaho as defendants, and it lists every ...

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EPA to Idaho town: Upgrade wastewater facility or face fines

Officials in a small southern Idaho town say they have to convince its 3,300 residents to help cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade or face federal fines that could bankrupt the local government. The Times-News reports the ...

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Hop acreage up in Washington, Idaho and nationwide

U.S. hop acreage is forecast at a record 53,282 acres this year, up 4 percent over last year, with new acreage and plantings entering full production. The Capital Press reports that the 2018 forecast for Washington is 39,273 acres, which ...

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Idaho call center lays off more than 600 workers

More than 600 workers have lost their jobs at a southwestern Idaho call center. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Sykes Corporation’s call center in Boise made the layoffs of 640 workers public in a notice filed with the Idaho Department ...

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Idaho gears up to boost logging, restoration on federal land

Idaho has more than doubled the number of workers assigned to logging and restoration projects on federal lands in the state with the goal of doubling the timber harvest and restoration treatments on by 2025. The Idaho Department of Lands ...

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Senator gauges US agency’s work with Alaska small businesses

A U.S. senator from Idaho held a recent hearing in Anchorage to get feedback from Alaska business leaders on Small Business Administration programs. Republican Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, wanted to gather ...

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How should businesses respond to bad reviews?

A bad review can easily damage the reputation of a small business. Failing to address negative social media and online posts could make it worse. Yelp.com recently won a case in California where an aggrieved law firm tried to force ...

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USDA files complaint against former Boise produce business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against a defunct Idaho company because USDA officials say the business owes farmers tens of thousands of dollars. The Capital Press reports the USDA complaint alleges Northwest Produce LLC failed ...

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Forest Service agrees to study sheep grazing near bighorns

Federal officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit with environmental groups that prevents domestic sheep from grazing in eastern Idaho until a scientific study addressing how they might threaten bighorn sheep with deadly diseases is completed. The U.S. Forest Service ...

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