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35 states, including Idaho, support bid to collect online sales taxes

Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia have signed on to support South Dakota’s legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be ...

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More Sears, Kmarts to close

The cost-cutting strategy continues at Sears with another 63 stores targeted for closure early next year, including one in Ammon, Idaho. Emblematic of the struggle facing U.S. department stores, Sears Holdings has already closed more than 350 Sears and Kmart stores ...

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Homebuilders gloomy, asset managers relieved over tax plan

Proposed changes in the GOP tax plan could affect homeowners in more expensive neighborhoods and car buyers interested in electric vehicles. Investors in tech companies could see higher dividends. Future retirees and asset managers are happy about a change that ...

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US home prices rose in August even as sales slipped

U.S. home prices rose sharply in August from a year ago, a trend that is thwarting many would-be buyers and potentially slowing sales. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index increased 6.1 percent in August from a ...

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Idaho: Company terminates $70M Medicaid transport contract

The company tapped to transport Medicaid patients for non-emergency services in Idaho is ending its $70 million contract with the state, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Oct. 30. San Diego-based Veyo said it’s exercising its early termination ...

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Lennar buys CalAtlantic for $5.7B with housing sales red hot

Lennar is buying CalAtlantic Group in a $5.7 billion deal that will create the nation’s largest homebuilder as sales of new homes reach levels not seen in a decade. The acquisition, which is worth more than $9 billion if $3.6 ...

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Tribal leaders call land-use bill step in right direction

Tribal leaders backed a House bill Oct. 25 that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use. The American Indian Empowerment Act would let tribes shift ...

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PUC: Decision to change solar compensation won’t be soon

State utility regulators are delaying Idaho Power’s quest to lump people who install rooftop solar panels into a new class of energy providers. Idaho Power in July asked the commission for permission to create a new class of customer starting ...

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University researchers identify possible new frog species

Researchers have identified a possibly undiscovered species of frog after an Idaho college was chosen to house two rare tree frogs. Customs authorities in Hong Kong had confiscated the tree frogs that were thought to be crowned and fringe-limbed species, ...

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Forest Service buys key wildlife habitat area in E. Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service has purchased about 60 acres of private land inside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho that contains key spawning habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The agency said Oct. 24 that the Duck Creek area of ...

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