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Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act on June 28 but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery goals for species protected by the law. The governors ...

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Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land

Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said May 27 in hinting at long-term changes in store for federal agencies including the Interior Department. Promising reorganization ...

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Idaho official: It’s illegal to buy aerial fireworks

It’s illegal for people to buy aerial fireworks in Idaho without a special use permit, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office said in an opinion released June 27. The opinion appears to conflict with a common practice of selling aerial fireworks ...

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Polls: Attitudes on energy, environmental policy not so disparate (access required)

An old refinery has cast a long shadow over how James Cullin views energy issues. Originally from Ponca City, Okla., Cullin grew up down the street from a Phillips 66 refinery. Having seen the oil company slowly shrink its economic ...

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Tax experts: Companies aren’t claiming valuable tax credits (access required)

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Congress broadened the requirements for the country’s Research and Development Tax Credit in 2015 to help small companies and startups save money on their payroll taxes and help pay for their projects, but most new tech companies in Idaho didn’t take advantage ...

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Idaho improves manufacturing grade, but trails neighbors in several key measures

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Idaho continues to improve the health of its manufacturing industries, but it still trails its neighbors in several key measures, according to a new report by Ball State University. Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research publishes an annual ...

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Infrastructure limits growth in wind power (access required)

Wind energy’s biggest expansion hurdle is not a lack of supply or demand. Or even local wildlife. It’s a matter of getting the energy from the turbine to the consumer. American wind power development may have to be curtailed by ...

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Silicon Valley company Jelli plans for most of its staff to be in Idaho (access required)

The owners of a radio advertising company in San Mateo, Calif. are planning to house most of their in the company’s new Boise office. The Idaho Department of Commerce is giving the technology company Jelli a tax reimbursement incentive, or TRI, ...

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