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Hospitals, health care companies find cybersecurity protection a top priority

As cyberattacks become more common, health care entities such as hospitals and insurance companies need to prepare for the inevitability that they will experience a breach or some other attack on their systems. Doctors, hospitals and insurance carriers are entrusted ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Some Nevada governments using blockchain for public records

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...

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Idaho commission denies sale of Avista to Canadian company

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Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto has been denied by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Spokesman-Review says Thursday’s action follows similar action last month by Washington regulators, who also denied the sale of the Spokane-based ...

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Idaho farm income declined in 2018, dairy is struggling

Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers, according to a recent economic report. The University of Idaho Extension report estimates total net farm income declined 27 percent to $902 ...

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Mix of apartment projects on tap for the Treasure Valley (access required)

There’s no doubt the Boise-metro area is growing and with that comes development and redevelopment across all its commercial real estate sectors. As reported in a previous edition of Square Feet, the Treasure Valley had a banner year for multifamily ...

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1 in 10 Seattle apartments are empty, and rents are dropping

Seattle is building more apartments than just about anywhere, and now 1 in 10 units across the city are sitting empty. Landlords have responded by lowering rents slightly and offering more perks to get tenants in the door. The housing ...

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Landowner donates Idaho land once planned for subdivision

An anonymous landowner donated 0.26 square miles (0.67 square kilometers) of mule deer winter range in Pocatello to a local land trust. The donation to the Sage Brush Steppe Land Trust ended previous plans of converting the property into a ...

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Preparation seen as key to crisis response

Disasters strike, which is why businesses have insurance. Nonetheless, a lack of other preparation and an inadequate response can leave companies further exposed in a crisis. In a series of interviews, attorneys who counsel businesses on insurance matters outlined some ...

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Governor-elect commits to Medicaid expansion

Gov.-elect Brad Little said Thursday he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but has concerns on the specifics of how it’s done. “We will implement it in an Idaho manner,” Little said at The Associated Press Legislative ...

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