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Job growth, affordable housing lures people to Spokane area

Is Spokane starting to feel a bit crowded to you? About 740,000 people live in the greater Spokane-Coeur d’Alene metro area, and that figure could swell by nearly 15,000 next year if the projected growth pans out. Moves, not births, ...

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Ex-head of Highway Districts association charged with theft

Court records show the former executive director of the Idaho Association of Highway Districts has been charged with embezzling funds from the organization between 2013 and 2016. The Idaho Statesman reported Monday that Stuart Davis was charged with seven counts ...

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US job openings dip but still exceed number of unemployed (access required)

The number of jobs posted by U.S. employers declined slightly in September but still exceeded the number of unemployed Americans and remained near a two-decade high. The report from the Labor Department is the latest evidence that U.S. companies are ...

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Idaho music festival promoter files for bankruptcy

The organizer of a rock music festival who sold tickets for the August event that never took place has filed for bankruptcy without reimbursing some ticket holders. The Post Register reports that Ron Heyrend filed for bankruptcy protection last week in federal ...

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Actor Bruce Willis sells central Idaho ranch for $5.5M

Actor Bruce Willis has sold his 20-acre (8-hectare) ranch in central Idaho for $5.5 million. KTVB-TV reports in a story on Wednesday that’s far below the original asking price of $15 million when the home was put up for sale in 2011. ...

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Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world’s top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents ...

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Idaho spends most of its emergency opioid grant on treatment

Idaho spent the vast majority of its share of federal emergency money intended to fight the nation’s opioid crisis on treatment, much like other states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to an Associated Press analysis. Idaho was awarded $2 ...

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Idaho unemployment drops to 2.7 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in September dropped to 2.7 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday says it’s the 13th consecutive month Idaho’s unemployment rate has been at or below 3 percent. The agency says the number of people in ...

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Ransomware attack knocks out E. Idaho county’s system (access required)

Officials in eastern Idaho’s Madison County say a ransomware attack has left the county struggling to conduct business. County Commissioner Brent Mendenhall tells the Post Register in a story on Wednesday that county employees have been unable to send emails since Sunday. ...

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Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing (access required)

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. The Republican on Thursday made the remarks in his endorsement of a ballot initiative in the November ...

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