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Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That’s according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly ...

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US home prices jumped 6.3 percent from a year ago

U.S home prices climbed 6.3 percent in June from a year earlier, as affordability is becoming a greater obstacle for would-be buyers. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose at a slightly slower pace than the 6.5 percent ...

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Horizon Air makes last flight to north-central Idaho airport

Horizon Airlines made its last flight into the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport on August 25, leaving local travelers with just one direct flight option. The Lewiston Tribune reports Delta/SkyWest is now the only air carrier still serving the Lewiston ...

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A word with Eric Davis of Retail West (access required)

Commercial real estate developer Eric Davis grew up near Cleveland and studied construction technology and business at Ferris State University in Michigan. He spent six months working as an engineer in a power plant before moving in 1978 to Homart, ...

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Oregon building codes now cover mass timber (access required)

Oregon has issued new building codes for mass-timber construction, becoming the first state in the nation to provide an alternate path to regulating tall wood buildings. The new rules come as more developers consider building with cross-laminated timber (CLT). State ...

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Tofurky sues to stop Missouri law over meat terminology

Vegetarian food-maker Tofurky filed a lawsuit in Missouri on August 27  seeking to defend its right to describe its products with meat terminology such as “sausage” and “hot dogs,” as long as the packaging makes clear what the ingredients are. ...

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Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 ...

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Idaho State athletic director placed on administrative leave

Idaho State athletic director Jeff Tingey has been placed on administrative leave by the school. The school says President Kevin Satterlee felt it was in the best interest of the university to place Tingey on administrative leave, but didn’t give ...

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Idaho agencies reach deal on recreation on state lands

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will pay about $360,000 a year to retain public recreation access to nearly 3,600 square miles of state land. The state Fish and Game Commission agreed on August 23 to pay the state endowment ...

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Idaho AG reaches settlement with Idaho Falls publisher

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced his office has reached a settlement with an Idaho Falls-based magazine publisher. According to Wasden’s office, Gary and Sharon Mueller — owners of the Idaho Life LLC — will pay roughly $8,400 in refunds ...

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