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Who’s in, out in small business tax break? It’s complicated

Architects and engineers are still in. Accountants, doctors and lawyers remain out — mostly. New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax ...

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Idaho’s revenue from alcohol, tobacco taxes ranks low

A recent report by the Pew Research Center found that Idaho’s revenue from its taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling is among the lowest in the nation. Idaho’s revenue from sin taxes, also known as excise taxes, ranks 44th among ...

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Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s growing prison population. “This budget really is the cost of ...

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New law may force small businesses to reveal data practices

A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy. AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring ...

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Genetics technology could lead to more crops, fresher food

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. ...

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Report faults University of Idaho over sex assault complaint

An independent investigation has found that insufficient education and understanding of policies contributed to the University of Idaho’s botched handling of a woman’s sexual assault complaint against a football player. The report, made public on July 31, also says lack ...

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Accusations fly as firms seek to avoid Trump’s steel tariff

U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their requests. Robert Miller, president and CEO of NLMK ...

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Idaho town eyes pricey wastewater facility upgrade

Officials in the south-central Idaho city of Heyburn have agreed to move toward asking a judge to approve a bond to cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade rather than asking voters to approve the bond. The Times-News ...

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Idaho Court of Appeals justice to retire at end of year

Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez, the state’s first and only Latino judge, will retire at the end of this year. According to the Idaho Judicial Council, Gutierrez’s retirement will be effective on Dec. 31. Gutierrez was first appointed ...

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Environmental group appeals BNSF second bridge permit

An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a second BNSF Railway Co. bridge. Court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action July 20 in 1st District Court, the Bonner County Daily ...

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