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

U.S. Bank has luxury of two Idaho leaders for now (access required)

Two months into his job as community regional president for U.S. Bank, Joel Hickman said he’s embraced the culture of the new bank and appreciates the help of the incumbent. Hickman, the former Idaho district president for Key Bank, joined ...

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Worker shortage handicaps building recovery (access required)

Across the country, the homebuilding industry is facing a potentially critical labor shortage. In Idaho, workers that left the area or the trade after years of little activity appear not to be returning. Steve Martinez, president of the Idaho Building ...

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Boise State seeks to acquire neighboring church (access required)

Boise State University could soon occupy the University Christian Church, which is located directly across University Drive from the main Boise State campus. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the university’s plan to buy the 4-acre plot with 45,000 ...

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Kendall Auto growing in Treasure Valley (access required)

Kendall Automotive Group, which moved some company leaders to Boise in 2011, has increased its workforce and is set to expand its lone dealership in the Treasure Valley. Kendall, which has dealerships in Lewiston as well as three other states, ...

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Idaho Power asking for PCA rate increase (access required)

Idaho Power officials say power costs last year and this year require a $140 million rate increase. The electric utility is asking state regulators for an $87.9 million increase, which will raise customer power bills by 9.6 percent. The company ...

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BSU suing former Big East over disputed $5 million penalty (access required)

Boise State University has filed a suit in Idaho Fourth District Court claiming that it doesn’t owe a $5 million penalty or exit fee to the Big East Conference. Boise State announced in 2011 that its football team would join ...

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Idaho foreclosures keep dropping

The number of Idaho homes with foreclosure filings in March dropped by 8 percent from February, continuing a steady decrease. Idaho now ranks 21st in the country in foreclosure activity, with one out of every 1,203 houses undergoing some form ...

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Credit union group names new president (access required)

The Idaho Credit Union League will replace retiring president and CEO Alan Cameron with Chris Johnson, a lawyer who has worked with Freddie Mac and the Credit Union National Association. Johnson will join the Credit Union League on June 3 ...

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United Heritage acquires California insurance company (access required)

United Heritage Financial Group has acquired more than 94 percent of the California-based Merced Property & Casualty Co., a move that will allow United Heritage to enter the California market for property and car insurance. The deal, announced April 1, ...

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AT&T expanding its 4G network (access required)

Wireless carrier AT&T recently added eight mobile Internet cell sites in southwestern Idaho, giving the towers high-speed 4G Long Term Evolution networking equipment. The new sites are spread across the Treasure Valley, with two each in Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell, ...

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