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New York, San Francisco investors place $5 million in Boise insurance platform (access required)

Boise-based Covr Financial has been hiring developers and support staff since receiving $5 million in funding from investors on both coasts. Todd Ruplinger, owner of National Brokerage, founded Covr Financial in 2013 under the name 1 Click Coverage. Covr Financial is ...

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Judge strikes down Utah law banning undercover farm filming

A federal judge struck down a Utah law banning secret filming at farm and livestock facilities July 14 as an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby wrote in his ruling that the law appears tailored ...

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Tiny Lewiston ranks No. 2 in metro city construction job growth (access required)

Buoyed by three large industrial jobs, the tiny Lewiston-Clarkston metropolitan area ranked No. 2 in the nation for percentage increase of construction job growth in May over the prior year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America The number ...

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Traditional lodgings, modern marketing (access required)

Just a few decades ago, most people knew what the storied western lifestyle looked like. TV programs like Gunsmoke contained all the ingredients of the typical western, such as horses, cowboys, wide-open spaces, and nights around the campfire. Thanks to ...

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Lawsuit: Idaho oil and gas rules violate landowner rights

A watchdog group and four southwest Idaho landowners have filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho officials contending a state-approved process forcing them to sell their natural gas and oil violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed late last month, names ...

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US hiring pullback suggests firms are straining to fill jobs

Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire? A hiring pullback reported in the U.S. jobs data for May raises that prospect. The economy added just 138,000 jobs, which was still high enough to help drop the unemployment ...

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U.S. entrepreneurs are older, more ethnically diverse (access required)

Many of the factors that have affected startup growth since the Great Recession are resulting in an older and more diverse demographic among business owners than in previous decades. Every year, the Kauffman Foundation publishes a series of reports detailing ...

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New business incubator opens in Boise

Jonni Armani, a photographer and actor, and his wife Shelly West, a former fashion designer and author of 17 romance novels, moved to Boise from Portland last year because they thought it would be a better atmosphere for their three ...

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Soy ‘milk’? Even federal agencies can’t agree on terminology

Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term “soy milk,” but documents show even government agencies haven’t always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture “fervently” wanted to use the term “soy milk” in ...

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