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Otter, top lawmakers agree on ‘no growth’ budget (access required)

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, set to unveil details of his budget Jan. 11, stood with legislative leaders last week and called for steeper cuts to state government this fiscal year and a “no growth” budget next year. The governor, who ...

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Labor analysts: Expect double-digit unemployment (access required)

Idaho Department of Labor analysts project that 13 Idaho counties will face double-digit unemployment rates in 2010, rising as high as 17.2 percent in Clearwater County. The forecasters anticipate that the state’s overall unemployment rate will continue rising slightly in ...

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Businesses back texting while driving ban 

Idaho lawmakers probably won’t encounter much opposition to a bill that would ban texting while driving from many transportation-heavy businesses that fear for the safety of their own workers. “I definitely would agree with the ban on texting,” said Jeffrey ...

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Good leaders keep it simple, use common sense (access required)

Terrible bosses are all too common. Grant Thompson, founder of Boise-based Thompson Consulting Group, has seen or heard every kind of horror story you can imagine – a construction company owner who routinely fired two or three employees before lunch, ...

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NightHawk Radiology faces class action lawsuit (access required)

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court Dec. 17 accuses three former officials at NightHawk Radiology Holdings Inc. of violating securities laws by misleading investors with a series of statements and press releases about the company’s financial condition and ...

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When honesty goes up in flames, insurance companies try to avoid getting burned – Focus (access required)

Shane Hartgrove, a private fire investigator and president of Boise-based Fire Cause Analysis, has seen a small drop-off in business from insurance company clients who are more inclined to forego investigations and pay out customers’ claims on small fires. Hartgrove’s ...

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EB-5 center OK’d: Company hopes to attract $50M in foreign funds (access required)

An Idaho company that hopes to plug the gap in financing for startups and other growing businesses in the state has won federal approval to serve as a “regional center” for foreign investment. Invest Idaho LLC, formerly known as I-Cubed, ...

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Lawsuit claims federal fair housing law violations (access required)

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council is suing The Orchards at Fairview Condominium Association, claiming the company and its real estate firm violated federal housing discrimination laws two years after the council explicitly warned the developer about the marketing of the ...

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Project 60: Gov. Otter says it's more than a gimmick (access required)

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has spared no words promoting the economic development plan he calls Project 60, doling out interviews, monthly updates and speeches at luncheons and breakfast gatherings across the state in recent months. The governor, who launched the ...

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