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Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets

What could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That’s precisely why it’s used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization’s network. Check Point, a cyber security firm in Israel, said August 12 that ...

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Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market. Many traditional small-scale ...

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Rite Aid, Albertsons call off merger deal ahead of vote

Rite Aid and the Boise grocer Albertsons called off an agreement to become a single company with the deal facing shaky prospects in a shareholder vote. Shares of the drugstore chain plunged after markets opened August 9. The owner of ...

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T-O Engineers merges with GDA Engineers of Wyoming

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T-O Engineers, Inc., a Meridian-based planning and engineering firm, has merged with GDA Engineers, a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Cody, Wyoming. “It opens doors to us geographically,” said Eva Fithen, marketing manager of T-O. “We’re in Idaho ...

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Idaho election chief chooses election management software

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has announced a new vendor to manage the state’s election system and voter registration database. Denney said August 7 that he chose Tenex Software Solutions Inc. from the six vendors who submitted proposals for ...

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Who’s in, out in small business tax break? It’s complicated

Architects and engineers are still in. Accountants, doctors and lawyers remain out — mostly. New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax ...

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Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s growing prison population. “This budget really is the cost of ...

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New law may force small businesses to reveal data practices

A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy. AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring ...

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Idaho oilseeds supplier expands his foreign markets (access required)

The owner of an American Falls oilseeds supplier said he’s been significantly expanding his foreign markets recently, creating new opportunities for local farmers to diversify their crop rotations. For growers in southern and eastern Idaho, contracts with Mountain States Oilseeds ...

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