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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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Boise feasibility study into new stadium to move forward (access required)

The City of Boise is moving closer to determining whether it may eventually become home to a new multi-use stadium facility. On Feb. 8, the City Council unanimously voted to  approve a feasibility study looking into potential development of a multi-purpose events ...

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U.S. Ecology deal with Siemens expires (access required)

A deal between Boise-based waste disposal company US Ecology Inc. to buy a Siemens Water Technologies Corp. plant in Vernon, CA, has expired. US Ecology had announced the deal was in the works in August. The company is still in ...

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Advocates hope penny sales tax increase finds backers this session (access required)

Medicaid service providers will try to convince Idaho’s decision-makers that raising sales tax by a penny would cause less economic harm to the state than withholding money that provides services and jobs. The Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities, a group ...

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INL group visits India nuclear destinations (access required)

A two-person delegation from the Idaho National Laboratory is visiting India to study that country’s nuclear community. Tours like this help INL identify opportunities and partnerships that can benefit the U.S. and other countries, lab spokeswoman Nicole Stricker said in ...

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