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Farm Bill failure disappointing for Idaho ag groups (access required)

Idaho agricultural groups are frustrated by further setbacks in the federal farm bill, a version of which has been rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. For two years farmers have been lobbying hard to make changes to the farm ...

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Lawyers cheer Idaho’s step into electronic case management (access required)

Idaho courts administrators are evaluating bids for the creation of a new electronic case management system, a move lawyers say will mean more convenience and lower costs for firms. The current system is heavily dependent on paper, which means lawyers ...

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St. Luke’s wants to share its successful wellness program (access required)

It took St. Luke’s nearly 15 years to find the “magical” combination that would get almost all its employees engaged with the health giant’s wellness program. In the past two years, executives at St. Luke’s Health System think they’ve found ...

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GenZ Technology’s ag-spray innovation faces its big test this month (access required)

Grant Thompson invited the first potential investors into the Meridian garage of Rich Johnson, founder of GenZ Technology, knowing that the atmosphere made for a tough sell. “When Rich and I first started pitching people,” Thompson said, “it was in ...

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Small business tax credit excludes many in Idaho (access required)

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is billed as a good way for employers with fewer than 25 full-time – or full-time equivalent – employees to stay competitive and weather upcoming premium increases. The reality in Idaho has been ...

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How to know when the new health care laws apply to your business (access required)

Jan. 1 is the deadline for companies with more than 50 employees to ensure they meet new federal requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For most companies – 96 percent, as tracked by the Small Business Administration – the ...

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Boise businesses call for panhandling restrictions (access required)

Making his rounds in client buildings on the Grove and at Bodo, Corey Cook, owner of Protector Services of Idaho, sees another pedestrian quickly cross the street. The would-be customer for businesses like Costa Vida, American Clothing Gallery and Jamba ...

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Bieter chides state for economic development policies (access required)

Boise Mayor David Bieter offered sharp criticism to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the economic strategies of his state agencies in a speech before the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Boise Young Professionals group May 28. Bieter said he was ...

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Industrial metal mines finding hard times in Idaho (access required)

Parts of Idaho’s mining industry are wavering under the pressure of low market prices. A planned cobalt mine backed away in early May, and another heavy metals mine is ramping down operations throughout 2013. Formation Metals, a Canadian company that ...

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