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In historic move, California expands overtime to farmworkers

Farmworkers in the nation’s largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a law that California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sept. 12 that he had signed. The new law, which will ...

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Idaho tax revenues up, could mean surplus for state budget

The latest revenue report shows that Idaho state tax revenues in August came in 2.2 percent ahead of forecasts and 6 percent higher than last August. The Idaho General Fund Revenue Report shows general fund revenues at $530.3 million during ...

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TitleOne acquired by New Jersey-based company (access required)

Title Resource Group now has a presence in Idaho thanks to the acquisition of Boise-based TitleOne. TitleOne is a title and escrow service company that was founded in 2000 in Boise. It has since grown to 13 branches around the state. The New ...

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A word with Melanie Krause of Cinder Wines (access required)

Melanie Krause is the winemaker at Cinder Wines, which produces about 7,000 cases of wine per year from its winery in Garden City. Krause learned winemaking in the field. She studied biology and Spanish at Washington State, briefly considered medicine ...

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Hailey raises minimum city employee wages to $15 an hour

Hailey will raise the minimum wage for its city employees from $12 an hour to $15 an hour Oct. 1. The city’s budget ordinance was passed Aug. 15. The budget included two provisions for employees concerning wages and benefits. Hailey ...

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Hop growers look to new parts of US to slake thirst for crop

Geoff Keating grows a prized plant at the northeastern edge of the country, some 3,000 miles away from the region of America most associated with his crop — hops. Americans’ growing thirst for bitter, flavor-packed styles of beer has brought ...

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Idaho Lottery asks vendors about Keno, other illegal games

Idaho State Lottery officials are asking potential vendors to provide information on how they would offer Keno, simulated racing, fantasy sports and other illegal gambling games when they bid on a lucrative decade-long contract. The state Lottery Commission could select ...

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Idaho confirms whitefish kill in South Fork of Snake River

Biologists have confirmed thousands of dead whitefish on the South Fork of the Snake River in southeastern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Sept. 9. Biologists suspect it’s an outbreak of proliferative kidney disease, the same pathogen ...

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PARK(ing) Day will claim parking spaces in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Moscow

At least three Idaho entries will take part Sept. 16 in PARK(ing) Day, an open-source global event to convert parking places into temporary public places, or “parklets.” Every year since 2005 on the third Friday of September, PARK(ing) Day participants ...

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Seeking out-of-state investors for Idaho startups (access required)

Idaho startups received more than $1.7 million from Idaho angel funds last year. VentureCapital.org compiles an annual report called Angel Worx that details Utah angel fund investments. Idaho angel funds were included in the report for the first time this ...

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