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July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand

U.S. auto sales were expected to drop slightly in July as unusually hot weather — and softening demand — kept buyers at home. Kelley Blue Book predicted a 1 percent decline from last July to about 1.5 million new cars ...

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Idaho is aging faster than the rest of the country (access required)

Idaho’s population growth slowed last year and the average age of its residents rose. The number of young Idahoans moving into the state dropped 40 percent between July 2014 and July 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Labor, which ...

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States wrestle with how to regulate 3-wheeled autocycles

It’s more than a motorcycle and less than a car. It’s an autocycle. And states are wrestling with how best to regulate this new type of vehicle. Rhode Island has joined dozens of other states in enacting rules classifying the ...

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Idaho group backtracks on plastic bag maker accusations (access required)

An Idaho environmental group that accused a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste says it made a mistake. The Idaho Conservation League in a joint statement August 1 with Novolex said that after reviewing ...

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A word with Brad Walker of Boise Fry Co. (access required)

Bradlee Walker is the CEO-to-be of Boise Fry Company, a restaurant that started in 2009 and now has stores in downtown Boise, at the Bown Crossing development, and at State and Glenwood streets. Boise Fry also has three franchised stores, ...

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Idaho exports are down 30 percent since 2012 (access required)

Major Idaho industries like semiconductor manufacturing, agriculture and mining took a hit in 2015 as total Idaho exports dropped 16 percent – falling to $4.3 billion worth of goods from $5.1 billion in 2014. Idaho’s exports have been dropping for ...

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New app could help farmers predict fruit yield (access required)

Northwest Nazarene University has applied for $90,000 in federal funding for an app that can help apple and peach farmers estimate their yields. The Idaho Department of Agriculture helps to approve projects annually for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty ...

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AGC AeroComposites acquires two Ohio companies (access required)

The Hayden-based aerospace and defense composite manufacturer AGC AeroComposites has acquired two Ohio-based companies. AGC makes composites for airplanes and the defense industry at its Hayden manufacturing facility. The company announced July 11 that it acquired North Coast Composites and ...

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Plastic bag producer accused of failing to report toxins

An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste. The Idaho Conservation League announced July 25 that it has notified Novolex, which has a plant in Idaho, that it must ...

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