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U.S. Bank competes with payday lenders (access required)

In an attempt to encourage low-income people to use traditional banking rather than more costly alternatives such as payday lending, U.S. Bank has announced Simple Loan, a short-term, small-dollar lending program. With Simple Loan, U.S. Bank checking account customers can ...

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Zions reduces regulatory requirements

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In an effort to streamline its corporate structure and regulatory requirements, Zions Bancorporation is merging its holding company with its bank, and has also been declared not a “systemically important financial institution” by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. “Zions engages ...

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‘Dig once’ policy could improve Idaho internet (access required)

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The most expensive part of installing fiber optic cabling to provide high-speed broadband internet to a community is the hole. Because entities such as roads, utilities and irrigation districts regularly dig up the ground anyway, some people are calling for ...

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