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Total tappable equity falls for first time since housing recovery began

Across the country, homeowners’ tappable equity declined for the first time since the beginning of the housing recovery, a change driven by price drops in some of the nation’s most expensive markets, according to a new report from Black Knight. ...

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US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird (access required)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres ...

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Idaho startup’s composite tech attracting lots of attention

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Continuous Composites got its start with a stab wound. When a strand of fiberglass punctured Ken Tyler’s skin, the North Idaho inventor started thinking about the strength of the lightweight material. Tyler was working for a ...

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Downtown apartment developments often supplanting parking lots (access required)

This is the third in a four-part series on downtown parking lots. In December 2017, Diamond Parking put in a winning bid of $1.59 million at an auction of state-owned commercial properties for three surface parking lots in downtown Boise’s ...

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Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

An animal welfare group on Tuesday applauded a court ruling ordering the state of Idaho to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said the state’s law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free ...

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Idaho Supreme Court to hear Medicaid expansion arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments for a conservative group’s lawsuit to overturn the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state. The court on Monday set Jan. 29 ...

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Ashland neighbors fight proposed meat-processing facility

A slaughter and meat-processing facility proposed at a farm in southern Oregon has led to opposition from neighbors, citing concerns about possible water contamination and odors. The Mail Tribune reports Jackson County Development Services tentatively approved a meat-processing building and a chicken ...

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Idaho’s top legislative leaders retain positions

The top legislative leaders in the Idaho Statehouse have retained their positions for the upcoming legislative session. Republicans voted Wednesday night to keep Rep. Scott Bedke as speaker of the House, a position the Oakley resident has held since 2012. ...

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Physician management firm has new owners (access required)

A Boise-based physician practice management company that does business with medical groups in seven Western states has new owners. Medical Management Inc. has been sold to the current executive team, according to founder Jim Trounson. In a news release, Trounson, ...

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