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Justice Department won’t release national monument documents

Craters of the Moon National Monument in eastern Idaho.

Federal officials say they don’t have to provide an Idaho environmental law firm with documents possibly outlining legal justifications for President Donald Trump to shrink national monuments because they’re protected communications. The U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 15 asked ...

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US homebuilder sentiment rises in November

A home under construction in east Boise.

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Nov. 16 rose two points to 70 this month. That’s the ...

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AGC will seek more training for construction workers (access required)

Construction workers on a scaffold.

Idaho as a state and Boise and Lewiston as metro areas have led the nation in construction job growth at various points in the past year, and the state overall added 7,000 construction jobs in the past three years to ...

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Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A field of corn.

A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Nov. 15 to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer Roundup to carry warning labels that it can cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in federal ...

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Top 25 U.S. zip codes for buying single family rental homes in Q3 (access required)

A home for sale.

ATTOM Data Solutions has released its Q3 2017 Single Family Rental Market report, which identified the top 25 U.S. zip codes for buying single family rental homes based on potential rental yields and cash flow, vacancy rates, home price appreciation, ...

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Boise State University president to retire

Boise State President Bob Kustra talks to students on the university campus. File photo.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra is retiring June 30 after 15 years with the school. Kustra, 74, helped transform Boise State from a former commuter college into Idaho’s largest university during his 15-year tenure. He has expanded the schools ...

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Former Idaho insurance agent sentenced for fraud

A former south-central Idaho insurance agent who used customers’ insurance premiums for personal purchases has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation. Forty-nine-year-old Mark J. Lee received the sentence on Nov. 13 in 4th District ...

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U.S. office space vacancies continue tightening trend (access required)

Lighting at a Meridian office.

A strong U.S. economy continues to limit the supply of available office space across the country, with the largest number of vacancies in Sunbelt and Midwestern regions, according to BBG, a leading independent national commercial real estate valuation, advisory and ...

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Moscow’s Royal Motor Inn is spiffed up and rechristened (access required)

A 1950s Moscow motel was remodeled with a “minimalist Danish mid-century modern look” and renamed the Monarch Motel. Photo courtesy of Nikki Woodland.

The Royal Motor Inn street sign has finally been retired in downtown Moscow, two years after the new owners rechristened the mid-century, downtown property the Monarch Motel. The new Monarch Motel sign went up the last week of October, funded ...

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