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Going green in commercial real estate

With the growth of LEED certification and a desire among building owners, developers and tenants to become better stewards of the environment, green practices have increased significantly over the past decade both nationally and locally in the industry. In honor ...

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Idaho, prison medical firm at odds over contract

Idaho’s prison system will increase payments to its medical and mental health care provider by hundreds of thousands of dollars after the company demanded a raise. However, the Idaho Department of Correction said it will only extend its $27 million ...

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Guns in the workplace and employer liability

Recent news of shooting incidents in or near business establishments may have employers considering the question: What if? If a similar event happened at your business, do you have a responsibility to protect employees? Could your company be liable if ...

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Just try it out, CCDC

In the long-running conflict between the needs of pedestrians and the needs of drivers, the drivers in Boise have long seen things go their way. Boise’s multi-laned one-way streets, such as Front and Myrtle, were built to rush cars in ...

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Out of sight, but important

For a state that hates government so much, Idaho sure has a lot of it. Idahoans have single-purpose districts for airports and hospitals, sewer systems and mosquito abatement. Idaho has government “closest to the people” to handle fires, irrigation, highways, ...

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Just glad we left California

Reading about recent developments under Proposition 65 in California again reinforces my family’s decision to move out of California to Idaho 12 years ago. Proposition 65 passed by a large margin in 1986. Many referred to it then as the ...

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What health care reform means for your business

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a complicated piece of legislation that promises to radically change America’s health care system. Although many of the key provisions of the health care law don’t go into effect until 2014, employers ...

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Better data analysis can help us heal our health system

Data, data, data. We have data everywhere, and we are only just beginning the collection of data. It has been estimated that from the dawn of civilization until the year 2003, humankind created about five exabytes of data, and that ...

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