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January US auto sales up 1 percent; full-year drop expected

January’s U.S. auto sales were a little better than a year ago, but most analysts and automakers predict a small full-year decline despite economic factors that favor the industry. Automakers reported a 1 percent increase last month to 1.15 million ...

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New bill would place restrictions on Idaho bonds, levies

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait one year before a failed bond or levy could be placed back on the election ballot. The House State Affairs agreed to ...

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Downtown Boise parking rates rose on Feb. 1 (access required)

Downtown Boise parking rates at meters and ParkBOI garages went up Feb.1. And, for the first time, drivers have to feed the meters on Saturdays, starting Feb. 3. The city of Boise, which governs parking meters, and the Capital City ...

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Fire marshal: Burley blaze was arson

The state fire marshal has ruled a blaze that destroyed a vacant downtown building in a southern Idaho town to be arson. Authorities are investigating the Jan. 29 fire in Burley and the pipe bomb that was found across the ...

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Cobalt company refines processing plans

A Vancouver company is seeking to build a cobalt processing plant near Blackfoot that could create dozens of jobs paying $70,000 to $80,000 annually. The company, eCobalt Solutions Inc., doing business in the U.S. as Formation Capital Corp., released a ...

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Idaho candidates report big balances in governor’s race

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial candidates last year by reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but his opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000. End-of-year financial disclosure ...

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Survey shows Yellowstone elk herd at highest level since ’05

Government biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park are at their highest level in more than a decade. Results of a two-day winter survey released Jan. 31 showed more than 7,500 elk in Yellowstone and ...

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Small business hiring eased as 2018 began, ADP survey says

Small business hiring eased at the start of 2018, with companies adding 58,000 jobs in January, down from December’s 93,000, payroll provider ADP said Jan. 31. Despite the decline — which reflected business owners’ ongoing conservative approach to hiring — ...

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Work requirement added to plan to close Idaho coverage gap

A proposal to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap now includes a requirement that “able-bodied” adult Medicaid recipients hold jobs. The legislation, introduced Jan. 30, would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act. One waiver ...

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