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Foreign direct investments are down in the U.S., small in Idaho (access required)

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Foreign direct investments to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses hit $259.6 billion in 2017, down 32 percent from $379.7 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In Idaho, total first-year expenditures were $35 million in ...

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US may pick Western BLM headquarters in 8 months (access required)

The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation’s largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee July ...

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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell ...

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Soy “milk” makers may need to find alternative description

Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk” may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term. The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans to start ...

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Japanese investors visit Idaho

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A group of Japanese businessmen recently toured southern and eastern Idaho looking for business opportunities. Seven representatives from Japanese companies traveled to Idaho July 10-13 to learn more about the state and potential opportunities to partner with Idaho businesses, according ...

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Anheuser-Busch barley program aims for higher yields from Idaho growers

Anheuser-Busch brewmaster Dave Taylor believes barley  grown in Idaho has the perfect light color and produces consistently crisp and sweet malt, thanks largely to the state’s idyllic growing conditions and its lack of disease pressure. Consequently, the maker of the ...

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Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

A Medicaid expansion proposal has received enough signatures and will be on the November ballot. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said July 17 that more than 56,000 valid signatures have been counted. The signatures include at least 6 percent ...

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