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Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho indicates a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. A group of federal, state and tribal fisheries managers predicts just over 48,000 spring chinook will return to ...

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Avista, Hydro One abandon plans for sale

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane, Washington-based Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. have abandoned plans for the Canadian utility to buy Avista. The Spokesman-Review reports the two companies announced the termination of the proposed $5.3 billion deal Wednesday afternoon. ...

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Will robots take your job? Quarter of US workers at risk

Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. Thursday’s report from the Washington think tank says roughly 36 ...

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Utah starting $2.5M debt forgiveness program for tech grads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is rolling out a program to forgive college debt for tech workers who stay and work in the state. Lawmakers created the Talent Development Incentive Loan Program $2.5 million program last year to retain ...

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Small business optimism showing early signs of slippage

NEW YORK (AP) — The fears of a slowing economy that sent stocks falling the past few months may be spreading to small business owners who have been quite optimistic in recent years. The problem for businesses is consumer spending ...

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UN forecasts global economic growth around 3 percent in 2019

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy will grow around 3 percent annually in 2019 and 2020, but waning support for multilateralism, escalating trade disputes, increasing debt and rising climate risks are clouding prospects, the United Nations said Monday. The ...

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Board that oversees Idaho education makes budget request

The Idaho office that provides support staff to the State Board of Education in overseeing the state’s $2.3 billion education system from kindergarten through the doctoral level is requesting lawmakers approve a budget of about $16.5 million. State Board of ...

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Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed ...

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Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office ...

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Idaho officials want to cap hundreds of artesian wells

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho in a plan that could help irrigators and a federally protected snail. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on ...

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