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IACI gives boost to economics education group (access required)

Nearly 500 high school students huddled around tables inside Boise State University’s Jordan Ballroom to plot how to boost trade as “economic advisors” to dozens of developing countries Dec. 2. The students congregated for an International Economic Summit, one of ...

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Designers face challenges of cost cutting, cheaper labor (access required)

Lars Justinen customizes funeral portraits, licenses Christian images and creates digital oil paintings and watercolors for books and websites to pay the bills at his graphic arts firm. “I’m a big believer in making a graphic arts job for yourself ...

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Boise law firm accused of abetting DBSI fraud

Boise law firm Moffatt Thomas is accused of helping bankrupt Meridian real estate investment firm DBSI Inc. fleece investors and carry out a “massive scheme of financial fraud.” The trustee in DBSI’s bankruptcy case, James Zazzali, filed a lawsuit in ...

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Checks go out to Idaho small businesses in workers comp settlement (access required)

The checks are finally in the mail to more than 30,000 Idaho small businesses from a $6.9 million settlement with the Idaho State Insurance Fund. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that the businesses were entitled to dividends from ...

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Downtowners pan proposal to tear down Qwest Arena

Downtown real estate broker Bryant Forrester thinks it’s “the craziest idea I’ve heard.” The executive director of Boise’s urban renewal agency, Phil Kushlan, said “it sounds like it’s a stretch.” Bill Ilett, managing investor of the Idaho Stampede, said it’s ...

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Idaho company premieres movie studio-on-wheels

Meridian-based Silverdraft unveiled a new mobile movie studio that it expects to be used on big-time Hollywood film productions. The company, based in the old Coors warehouse on Eagle Road, brought its new “supercomputer-on-wheels” to downtown Boise for a round of media ...

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Cascade Bancorp works out deal to raise $177M

Cascade Bancorp wrapped up a deal with a group of investors that will bring in $177 million, a move that should halt the company’s capital problems. The Bend, Ore., bank holding company, parent of Bank of the Cascades, finalized agreements ...

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