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Police: New pawn shop rules aim to curb theft

Lewiston Police say proposed changes to a Lewiston city ordinance requiring pawn shops to upload receipts electronically aim to help officers better track stolen goods before they are resold. Police Capt. Roger Lanier says pawn shops will have to submit ...

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Local businesses will spend more on marketing in 2011 (access required)

For the nearly 25 years she’s been in business, Deborah Johnson hasn’t had to do much marketing. She’s advertised in the Yellow Pages, and that’s it. But with construction at historic lows, Johnson is changing her tactics. She has cut ...

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Qwest Arena ownership balks at sale to auditorium district (access required)

Tearing down Qwest Arena to build new convention center space in downtown Boise is a no go. At least one of the arena’s owners, holding a 40 percent stake, is unwilling to sell their interest, and another majority owner would ...

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Novartis paying Idaho $350,000 to settle case

A Swiss pharmaceutical company is paying Idaho $350,000 in a settlement of fraud charges. The deal with Novartis, part of a broader case against the Swiss company brought by other states, resolves allegations that it improperly promoted an anti-epileptic drug ...

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Idaho revenue beats forecasts again in November

Idaho ended November with more tax revenue than forecast. The state Division of Financial Management reports Idaho has taken in $973.2 million July 1. That figure is nearly $40 million ahead of projections that were significantly lowered in August. The ...

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Angstman Johnson renames Labrador’s former law practice

Boise law firm Angstman Johnson is changing the name of Congressman-elect Raul Labrador’s law practice, which Angstman Johnson acquired Dec. 24. Angstman Johnson will change the name to Achieving Legal Immigration from Accelerated Immigration. “We wanted to pick a name ...

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Ex-ISU professor set to wage legal fight

A former Idaho State University professor challenging the dismissal of his lawsuit against the school has collected more than $70,000 from education groups to continue his legal fight. Former civil engineering professor Habib Sadid filed the lawsuit two years ago, ...

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BNSF Railway wants to stop aquifer payments to Idaho

The BNSF Railway Co. wants to end an agreement to pay about $100,000 a year to help protect the water supply under its refueling depot in Hauser, Idaho. The money is funneled through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where ...

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Office market chips away at ‘shadow’ vacancy (access required)

Southwest Idaho’s office market has less unreported “shadow” vacancy , a trend that pushes reported vacancy rates higher in the short run, but gives would-be occupants more choices. The market in 2009 saw about 400,000 square feet of negative absorption, ...

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