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Ten-digit dialing starts Saturday in Idaho

Required 10-digit dialing for local calls starts August 5 in Idaho with the addition of a new area code. The state’s existing 208 area code will be joined by new area code 986. That means callers will have to dial ...

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Idaho health insurers propose steep rate hikes for 2018

Uncertainty from the federal government has caused health insurers to propose steep rate hikes for Idahoans who buy plans on the state-based exchange for coverage in 2018, state officials said July 31. Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron said ...

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US pending home sales improved in June

Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in June, snapping a three-month decline in pending sales. The National Association of Realtors said July 31 that its pending home sales index rose 1.5 percent in June to 110.2. The gain still ...

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Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list

For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list. It will be up to the courts again to decide whether they stay off the list. The ...

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US ag secretary: Existing farm visa program ‘unworkable’

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said July 28 that he considers the United States’ current farm-visa program to be “unworkable” but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks that begin next month. Many U.S. farms depend on ...

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Idaho Power seeks changes for solar customer compensation

Idaho Power wants permission from state regulators to lump people who install rooftop solar panels starting next year into a new class of energy providers, and may ask later for permission to charge them more money than current solar producers ...

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Idaho truck driver sentenced for fatal head-on collision

An Idaho truck driver was sentenced to one year of probation and 96 hours of community service for an accident that killed a 7-year-old girl. The Post Register reports  Terry Laeger was sentenced July 27 after pleaded guilty to a ...

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Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate unveils new jobs plan

Gubernatorial hopeful and Lt. Gov. Brad Little outlined the first details of his economic plan to reduce regulations on Idaho companies and create more job opportunities for Idaho’s young workers if elected governor in 2018. Little delivered his plan July ...

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New-home sales improved modestly in June

U.S. sales of new homes perked up slightly in June, a sign that more would-be buyers are seeking newly built properties. The Commerce Department said July 26 that new-home sales edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...

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Idaho pet prescription company goes public

Attention pet owners: A company you’ve never heard of wants you to stop buying prescription medicines and supplements for your dog or cat from your veterinarian and buy its products in stores instead. PetIQ, of Eagle, says it is the ...

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