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SEC: AEHI execs used company as ‘personal piggy bank’

Securities regulators say court-ordered discovery into a small would-be Idaho nuclear plant developer’s activities strengthen their claims that its executives treated the company “as their own personal piggy bank.” Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers filed documents about Alternate Energy Holdings ...

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Gov. Otter: Don’t privatize Idaho liquor stores

Idaho’s chief executive doesn’t want the state’s liquor dispensary sold to the private sector. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says overseeing hard liquor is the proper role of government, since Idaho’s Constitution says it’s the duty of public officials to help ...

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Idaho’s bond plan taking complex route to reality

A Wall Street banker, a lawmaker from Ketchum and an agency director combined to craft a plan to refinance Idaho’s $202.4 million in federal loans that have propped up the state’s unemployment safety net for thousands of workers broadsided by ...

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Health practitioners seek to take charge of ‘midlevel’ title (access required)

When Ted Epperly, president of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, hears medical staff described with the popular shorthand term “midlevel,” he winces. “I try not to use the term,” said Epperly, a physician who runs the Family Medicine Residency of ...

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Nampa RV manufacturer sold to New York firm (access required)

(UPDATED with comments from Nampa economic development director) A Nampa company that makes furniture for recreational vehicles has been sold to Drew Industries, a large RV parts corporation in White Plains, N.Y. Drew Industries is now working with the state ...

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Internet sales tax hits dead end

House Speaker Lawerence Denney put the brakes on Idaho’s effort to tax Internet sales – at least for now. The bill to join the nationwide push had been introduced Jan. 26 in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. The vote ...

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USDA deregulates modified alfalfa seed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will fully deregulate genetically engineered alfalfa seed for planting. “When all the dust settles, it will affect us,” said Jim Blanksma, who owns Broken Arrow Farms south of Mountain Home. He hasn’t determined if he ...

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State board gives Boise visitors bureau additional $279K (access required)

The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t have much cash to pay its employees, but the group lined up even more money this week to continue marketing the city and booking events and conventions. The Idaho Travel Council, which collects ...

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Megaload opponents shift focus to Imperial Oil (access required)

The group that fought the Idaho Transportation Department over ConocoPhillips’ plan to ship four oversized loads through a north central Idaho river corridor will not challenge those permits but will focus on other big loads proposed. Kooskia residents Linwood Laughy ...

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Idaho takes center stage in union contractor fight

Idaho state and local governments could be forbidden to require bidders on public works projects to pay their workers pre-determined wages and benefits. A Republican-backed measure that cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee 7-2 on Wednesday seeks to outlaw so-called ...

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