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Small business hiring eased as 2018 began, ADP survey says

A restaurant worker in downtown Boise. Restaurant owners say the low unemployment rate has led them to pay most of their workers far more than the minimum wage. File photo.

Small business hiring eased at the start of 2018, with companies adding 58,000 jobs in January, down from December’s 93,000, payroll provider ADP said Jan. 31. Despite the decline — which reflected business owners’ ongoing conservative approach to hiring — ...

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Work requirement added to plan to close Idaho coverage gap

The Idaho Statehouse.

A proposal to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap now includes a requirement that “able-bodied” adult Medicaid recipients hold jobs. The legislation, introduced Jan. 30, would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act. One waiver ...

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Tyson Foods invests in firm trying to make meat from cells

Beef cattle.

Tyson Foods Inc. has invested in a food-tech startup that’s developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells. The Arkansas-based company announced Jan. 29 that its venture capital arm, Tyson Ventures, now has a minority stake in Memphis Meats. ...

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Micron partnership changes no cause for concern (access required)

A Micron employee is shown here working on the CVD, or chemical vapor disposition, process at one of the company's plants. Photo courtesy of Micron.

Micron is going in and out of partnerships with other technology companies, but the consensus is that this isn’t a bad thing. So far, the Boise-based company has mutually agreed to end one of its partnerships with chipmaker Intel, while ...

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With harassment in the news, companies seek education (access required)

Workers in an office.

A spate of news reports about high-profile sexual harassment cases has resulted in a flood of inquiries to lawyers and HR specialists from corporate leaders who are looking for ways to avoid such cases in their own companies. “I’m getting ...

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Tribes won’t renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have ...

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US pending home sales rose 0.5 percent in December


The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose for a third straight month in December, raising an index of pending home sales by 0.5 percent. The National Association of Realtors said its index of pending sales reached 110.1, ...

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US home prices post 6.2 percent increase


U.S. home prices rose a sharply in November, lifted by a shortage of homes on the market. Standard & Poor’s said Jan. 30 that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index increased 6.2 percent in November from a year ...

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Boise Airport sees record passenger counts in 2017 (access required)

Boise Airport. File photo.

Fueled by population growth, larger aircraft and more flights to popular destinations, Boise Airport handled a record 3.51 million passengers in 2017, a 9 percent increase over 2016. The number surpassed the prior 2007 record for most passengers at 3.36 ...

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