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Trade Adjustment benefits set to revert to 2002 levels

The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program is slated to revert to less generous provisions. Employers who have had to lay off workers because of international competition have until Feb. 14 to file applications under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of ...

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Pencilman leaves former All About Offices site for Meridian

Pencilman.com moved from Garden City to Meridian at the start of February, marking the second major change in the past year for the business that delivers office supplies, furniture, and printing and janitorial supplies. The new location at 1255 E. ...

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Idaho chamber group pitches jobs incentives bill

Beset by high unemployment, Idaho lawmakers are considering ways they can stimulate job growth and jumpstart the state’s economic engine. A group of Idaho chambers of commerce weighed in Tuesday, introducing a measure that would give businesses more incentives to ...

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Wind industry faces temporary moratorium (access required)

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission responded to utilities’ growing concerns about wind development by invoking what amounts to a temporary moratorium. The commission on Feb. 7 issued an order reducing the capacity of wind projects that qualify for rates set ...

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Idaho’s small businesses should benefit from lower unemployment rates (access required)

Idaho’s leveled off unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, boosted by an estimated 4,000 jobs during the past 12 months, is a good indicator that small business should be on the recovery. Jeff Thredgold, economic consultant to Zions Bank, said, “A ...

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Idaho unemployment fund sees lower claims

Idaho’s unemployment insurance trust fund is seeing lower claims. Claims have been down so far this year, and have been running below 2009 and 2010 levels since October, said Bob Fick, Idaho Department of Labor spokesman . But this does ...

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State will audit Medicaid claims provider

The Idaho Office of Performance Evaluation will investigate the state’s problems with Molina Medicaid Solutions, the contractor that was hired to process Medicaid claims and reimburse health providers. Reps. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, and Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, requested that the ...

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State revokes Bowman’s insurance license after forgery (access required)

The Idaho Department of Insurance revoked the insurance license of Paul A. Bowman, Grangeville, effective Feb. 1. Bowman admitted to one count of forging an insurance-related document in the final order signed by department Director Bill Deal. The department removes ...

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