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Small Business Job Act draws mixed reviews (access required)

One Idaho small-business lobbyist is not sold on the new Small Business Jobs Act. “It’s a mixed bag for businesses,” said Suzanne Budge, Idaho director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “While there are some tax provisions that are helpful ...

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Feds remove order from Sterling Savings Bank (access required)

Sterling Savings Bank officially shook off an order by state and federal regulators Sept. 27 about a month after the bank completed a $730 million recapitalization effort. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Washington Department of Financial Institutions terminated a ...

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Idaho Supreme Court finds school not liable despite ‘Columbine’ warnings (access required)

By Pat Murphy BOSTON, Mass. – A public school district is not liable for a murder committed by students who had previously indicated their intent to commit a “Columbine-like” shooting, the Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in affirming a summary ...

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High unemployment leads to stagnant wages

COEUR d’ALENE – Idaho’s high unemployment rate is affecting the wages received by those who still have jobs. An Idaho Department of Labor report says the state’s median wage for all occupations rose less than eight-tenths of a percent between ...

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Greenhouse business incubator opens with three companies (access required)

Bob Kustra’s attention shifted from blue turf to green jobs on Sept. 27 as the Boise State University president cut a ribbon to mark the opening of a new business incubator in downtown Boise. The Greenhouse, a project pushed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter ...

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S. Idaho Rural Development director eyes urban-renewal tool (access required)

Larry Hall, recently hired director of new entity Southern Idaho Rural Development, wants smaller towns to have some of the same tools as their larger counterparts. Forming urban renewal districts that can issue bonds is one such tool. “What we ...

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Extensive remodel planned for St. Alphonsus outpatient clinic (access required)

An extensive interior remodel is planned for an outpatient clinic at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Located at 1075 N. Curtis Road, Northwest Pulmonary will be gutted as part of the multi-phase project in the 7,500-square-foot office space. Construction ...

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Middleton man tests new model for filmmaking in Idaho (access required)

Tory Von Wolfe wanted to bring a bit of Tinseltown to small town Idaho. To do it, he needed a way to pay for the big-time movie he envisioned, called “Kids’ Spooky Movie.” So, he turned to an old financing ...

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United Mining Group appoints new CEO director

United Mining Group, the company earning an 80 percent interest in Idaho’s Crescent Silver Mine, has appointed a new CEO. Charles Pitcher had been serving as CEO and president of Western Canadian Coal. He joins United Mining Group, based in ...

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Agriculture attaches visit Idaho

Agriculture officials from 23 foreign countries are touring Idaho this month on a trip organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture attaches are officials who are usually stationed at their respective embassies in Washington, D.C., said Laura Johnson, a ...

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