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US housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said June 19 that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the ...

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Affordable apartment projects are few and far between (access required)

With Idaho simultaneously the nation’s fastest-growing state, but stuck at No. 36 for housing affordability, there is an increasing need for affordable multifamily housing, particularly in the fast-growing Treasure Valley and resort communities such as McCall. “Affordable multifamily housing” means ...

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Idaho Supreme Court OKs delaying water battle arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement. Justices agreed on June 15 to reset the parties’ arguments sometime after July. The ...

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Idaho lawmakers search for ways to reduce prison population

Some Idaho lawmakers are taking a second look at recommendations to reclassify some felonies as misdemeanors as the prison population grows. The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee heard from state prison and probation officials and experts with the Council of ...

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Builder optimism fades in June

U.S. homebuilders lowered their confidence for sales prospects as lumber prices rise amid the threat of potentially costly tariffs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released June 18 fell two points to 68 in June. That’s ...

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Construction costs keep rising as tariff anxiety festers (access required)

Construction costs climbed again in May, following price increases this spring driven by trade disputes over steel, aluminum and lumber. The cost of all goods used in construction increased 8.8 percent year-over-year in May. Among individual types of materials, some of ...

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