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CWI halts truck-driving program, citing drop in interest

The College of Western Idaho has decided to halt new enrollment for its professional truck driving program, citing a decrease in interest. KTVB-TV reported July 12 that the move comes as Idaho and other parts of the country are seeing ...

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Chobani says county over-assessed property by $216 million

The assessed value of yogurt company Chobani’s Twin Falls plant is $216 million higher than it should be, company officials said. the Twin Falls County assessor’s office had initially valued the property at more than $495 million, the Times-News reported ...

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Are you ready for video banking? (access required)

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It’s still a nascent technology, but Idaho financial institutions are looking into video banking. Video banking falls into three categories: interactive teller machines (ITMs) that include video in the ATM, video in the branch office, and online video via smartphone ...

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Over 80K artifacts, specimens donated to Idaho Falls museum

Private land owners have donated 80,000 artifacts and specimens that were found inside caves on their land to an Idaho Falls museum. A statement by the Museum of Idaho says the artifacts and specimens were found inside three caves in ...

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Businessmen imprisoned 4 years after fraud convictions

Four men convicted in 2014 of fraud stemming from the collapse of an Idaho property management company were finally sent to prison. Douglas Swenson, the founder and CEO of bankrupt Meridian-based Diversified Business Services and Investments, or DBSI, was taken ...

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Energy storage company thrives on disaster prep

Many customers are living off the grid in tiny homes thanks to James Brainard’s innovation – an 1,100-watt, rechargeable lithium battery that’s lightweight and can store power generated from portable solar panels. Brainard, co-founder of the Pocatello-based startup technology company ...

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Trade pain: Small companies hit by import, export tariffs

Time and effort have gone down the drain for Steve Gould, who is scrambling to find new customers for his gin, whiskey and other spirits since the United States has taken a tough stance on trade issues. Before the European ...

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Idaho commission sees increase in sexual harassment claims

The Idaho Human Rights Commission says it has seen a noticeable increase in sexual harassment complaints following the explosion of the #MeToo movement. Nearly a third out of all 88 complaints surrounding possible employee discrimination have included sexual harassment as ...

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HotShot app limits access by hourly workers

An Idaho Falls developer has created a messaging application that protects employers from labor claims by ensuring that hourly employees can only read messages about work during working hours. Hourly employees working off the clock can be expensive, said Aaron ...

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Northwest — including Idaho — is a hotbed of nuclear research (access required)

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The next generation of nuclear power is making its way toward Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as two small modular reactors (SMRs) work their way through the regulatory process. SMRs are smaller than traditional nuclear reactors, but are less expensive to ...

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