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Pop open a bottle: California wine tasting rooms reopening

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — California wineries started uncorking their bottles and welcoming people back to their tasting rooms Friday as the state’s $145 billion tourism industry gears up with hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums also allowed to reopen. With COVID-19 ...

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US casinos push for cashless gambling payments, citing virus

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The American casino industry wants gambling regulators to make it easier to adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor, citing a desire to help customers avoid handling money during the coronavirus outbreak. In a ...

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Treasure Valley closed home sales down, pending sales up (access required)

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Pending home sales took off in May while closed sales dipped again, according to monthly real estate market report from the Boise Regional Realtors. The continuing slump in closed sales reflects the lower numbers of buyers who were shopping and ...

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Idaho stumbles in its COVID-19 battle to reopen for business (access required)

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Idaho’s plan to reboot the state’s economy after COVID-19 almost stalled in the second week of June. At the same time, the neighboring states of Utah and Oregon put the brakes on their reopening plans due to resurgences of the ...

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Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 ...

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Retail soap opera: Sephora, JCPenney gloss over differences (access required)

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At first blush, it’s modern television melodrama: the well-heeled French fashionista threatens a separation from the ailing and aging significant other who is down on his luck; meanwhile, the scrappy hometown girl moves to salvage the family business in a ...

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Idaho startups take advantage of federal funding program (access required)

Some Idaho startups are starting to take more advantage of a federal program intended to help turn technologies into products. The program is Small Business Innovation Research, and 11 federal agencies, ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the National ...

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Government relaxes requirements on COVID-19 loan program (access required)

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Interested in a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the federal government? You only have until the end of the month to get it. While the Small Business Administration announced plans to implement the PPP Flexibility Act — passed by Congress on ...

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