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Idaho Falls chosen for $1.5 million crisis center

State officials have selected Idaho Falls as the site of a new $1.5 million behavioral-health crisis center, a decision some lawmakers said appeared to be influenced by politics. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter made the announcement June 26 at the ...

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Survey: ag lenders less optimistic (access required)

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Agricultural lenders across the U.S. showed less optimism this spring than they did last fall, according to a survey released by Kansas State University. Lenders said they expect farm loan volumes to continue to rise, though they expect land values ...

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Judge: ‘A lot to think about’ in ag filming case (access required)

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Idaho’s law punishing those who secretly film agricultural operations doesn’t limit free speech because the First Amendment right does not exempt trespassing on private property, state attorneys argued. They made the argument in front of U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ...

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Mountain America Credit Union to settle discrimination claim (access required)

Mountain America Credit Union will pay $25,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against a potential borrower who was on maternity leave. The credit union, which is based in Utah and has branches in Idaho, will pay $10,000 to the ...

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FDA extending comment period on e-cigarette rules

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The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being ...

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Changes coming to key business incentive fund (access required)

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Idaho officials will change how they award a top incentive to attract businesses, a program some criticize as lacking safeguards to recoup state money when companies close. A series of reforms to the workforce development training fund will change how ...

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Albertsons to pay $3.3M to end waste disposal case

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The Albertsons supermarket chain will pay $3.3 million to settle allegations that its California stores illegally dumped hazardous waste, including over-the-counter medication, pool chemicals and batteries. The settlement was announced June 24 by the various government agencies that sued the ...

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Supreme Court leaves most greenhouse gas regs in place (access required)

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States and business groups challenging controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions won a battle, but largely lost the war, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left the agency’s regulatory scheme largely intact. “The court’s holding ...

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Sunwest Bank adds former Home Federal staff

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Sunwest Bank has added nine former Home Federal Bank employees to its Idaho headquarters in Boise, including a new Idaho market president, Terry Fesler. Sunwest, based in Irvine, California, entered Idaho by taking over the failed Syringa Bank in early ...

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