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Zillow expands direct home purchase program to Portland, four other markets

Zillow, the online real estate and rental marketplace, will expand Zillow Offers to Portland, Oregon, and four other markets in 2019, citing strong demand for the direct purchase program. In addition to Portland, Zillow Offers will launch in Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, ...

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Board that oversees Idaho education makes budget request

The Idaho office that provides support staff to the State Board of Education in overseeing the state’s $2.3 billion education system from kindergarten through the doctoral level is requesting lawmakers approve a budget of about $16.5 million. State Board of ...

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Washington Federal buys Bodybuilding.com building (access required)

Seattle-based Washington Federal has purchased a nearly 100,000-square-foot building within the Boise Research Park to expand its operational presence in the Treasure Valley and the state of Idaho, the bank announced. In a Jan. 8 news release, the company said ...

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Secretary of State enhances voting cybersecurity (access required)

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In an effort to improve voting security, the Secretary of State’s office recently conducted a cybersecurity simulation with Idaho voting officials statewide and is hiring a cybersecurity staffer. The training was paid for through a $3.2 million windfall the department unexpectedly ...

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Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed ...

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Boise #5 for innovation in Verizon’s national list

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The Boise metro area is one of the best in the country for innovation, taking the #5 spot in new rankings from Verizon. To come up with the list, Verizon looked at the number of patents produced in a city compared to ...

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Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office ...

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