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Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.

Micron asks Legislature to crack down on patent trolls (access required)

Micron Technology Inc. is asking the Idaho Legislature to crack down on patent trolls. The Boise-based semiconductor manufacturer, which holds thousands of patents, introduced legislation in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee Feb. 14 that would crack down on “bad ...

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Unlocking the government as a buyer for manufacturers (access required)

Getting into government contracting can open up a new source of buyers for manufacturers, but qualifying for contracts and submitting bids can be an ordeal. An organization recently set up to help manufacturers in Idaho, the American Manufacturers Network, has ...

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Idaho Supreme Court rules in favor of Boise trucking company (access required)

The Idaho Supreme Court overturned a previous high court ruling and sided with a trucking company, reversing a lower court decision saying the trucking company owed the state $13,278 in unemployment taxes for its truck drivers. The previous Supreme Court ...

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Coeur d’Alene-based Pita Pit to open 50 new U.S. restaurants (access required)

Pita Pit expects to add 50 new U.S. locations, primarily in the southeastern U.S., in 2014 based on franchise agreements already in place. The Coeur d’Alene-based quick service restaurant has 220 locations in the United States. Pita Pit opened 29 ...

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Staggered start: The Terraces is underway, a few years later than expected (access required)

After years of delays blamed on outside economic conditions, senior living community the Terraces of Boise has received $103 million in bond financing, and construction is underway, with the possible first influx of residents in June 2015. The project is ...

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Applesauce producer moving to vacant Micron plant in Nampa (access required)

Materne North America, a producer of squeezable applesauce pouches, will add a large plant in Nampa, eventually employing 237 people and processing apples from across the Northwest. Materne is acquiring a large, long-vacant MPC Corp. building from Micron Technology Inc., ...

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Sunwest makes Syringa its 5th resuscitated bank (access required)

After federal regulators closed the failing Syringa Bank Jan. 31, Sunwest Bank was there to pick up the pieces and reopen Feb. 3, with vinyl Sunwest Bank signs draped over old Syringa Bank signs. The sign-swapping was a small part ...

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Experts: A St. Luke’s appeal likely to falter (access required)

Antitrust experts say a federal judge’s recent ruling to separate Saltzer Medical Group from St. Luke’s Health System falls in line with recent efforts by federal regulators and could prove tough to overturn on appeal. Two Washington, D.C.-area antitrust lawyers ...

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Marketing coursework aims to give professors a web edge (access required)

Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg is the fastest growing university in the state.

Idaho Falls startup Stukent, which promotes itself as helping university marketing professors teach techniques of online marketing to students who may already be well-versed in the online economy, has raised $275,000 to expand, with some of that money coming from ...

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