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Idaho candidates report big balances in governor’s race

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial candidates last year by reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but his opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000. End-of-year financial disclosure ...

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Survey shows Yellowstone elk herd at highest level since ’05

Wild Antlered bull elk at a meadow, Rocky Mountain National Park, USA

Government biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park are at their highest level in more than a decade. Results of a two-day winter survey released Jan. 31 showed more than 7,500 elk in Yellowstone and ...

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Small business hiring eased as 2018 began, ADP survey says

A restaurant worker in downtown Boise. Restaurant owners say the low unemployment rate has led them to pay most of their workers far more than the minimum wage. File photo.

Small business hiring eased at the start of 2018, with companies adding 58,000 jobs in January, down from December’s 93,000, payroll provider ADP said Jan. 31. Despite the decline — which reflected business owners’ ongoing conservative approach to hiring — ...

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Work requirement added to plan to close Idaho coverage gap

The Idaho Statehouse.

A proposal to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap now includes a requirement that “able-bodied” adult Medicaid recipients hold jobs. The legislation, introduced Jan. 30, would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act. One waiver ...

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Tyson Foods invests in firm trying to make meat from cells

Beef cattle.

Tyson Foods Inc. has invested in a food-tech startup that’s developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells. The Arkansas-based company announced Jan. 29 that its venture capital arm, Tyson Ventures, now has a minority stake in Memphis Meats. ...

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Tribes won’t renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have ...

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US pending home sales rose 0.5 percent in December

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The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose for a third straight month in December, raising an index of pending home sales by 0.5 percent. The National Association of Realtors said its index of pending sales reached 110.1, ...

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US home prices post 6.2 percent increase

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U.S. home prices rose a sharply in November, lifted by a shortage of homes on the market. Standard & Poor’s said Jan. 30 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index increased 6.2 percent in November from a year ...

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Outdoor gear sales slip as millennials drive shift in habits

A mountain biker at Brundage Mountain near McCall.

Sales of outdoor equipment are slipping as millennials drive changes in U.S. consumer habits by favoring clothes and sporting goods that are less specialized and more versatile, analysts say. Industry retail sales totaled $18.9 billion from December 2016 through November ...

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Idaho schools chief wants teacher raises in budget

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Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra on Jan. 25 asked state budget writers to raise the public school budget 6.8 percent next year. The Spokesman-Review reports Ybarra’s biggest portion of her proposed increase would go to raise teachers’ salaries. ...

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