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Idaho chef Mark Ballen to compete in Louisiana seafood cook-off (access required)

Idaho is more than 500 miles from the nearest ocean, but an Idaho chef will compete in a seafood contest in New Orleans next month. Mark Ballen, the chef at Lucky Fins Seafood Grill in Boise, will take part in ...

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Publisher Steve Forbes to speak at Boise conference (access required)

Publishing executive and former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes said small companies and those in less populated parts of the country like Idaho can compete nationally, as long as they are nimble. Forbes is speaking Aug. 19 at the at ...

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Idaho ends budget year with more cash than planned

State officials say Idaho closed the 2014 fiscal year with $7.2 million more than anticipated. The Idaho Division of Financial Management reported July 15 that June’s general fund receipts of $294.4 million were $8.4 million above economists’ projections. Overall, last ...

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Pew report chronicles shrinkage of press coverage at state Capitols (access required)

Newspapers and other traditional media outlets are providing less Capitol coverage nationwide with fewer people. It’s been a topic of discussion in newsrooms for years, more so as many newspapers have encountered budget woes and staff layoffs. Just how far ...

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EEOC’s background check rules remain controversial (access required)

A two-year-old EEOC policy warning employers against the overly broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires continues to draw fire. Employers, business groups and lawmakers say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst. The ...

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Engineering company Aecom to buy URS for $4B

Engineering design company Aecom Technology Corp.  is buying URS Corp. for $4 billion in cash and stock, or about $56.31 per URS share. The price, reported July 13, is 8 percent above URS’s closing stock price of $52.02 on July ...

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Audit: Idaho is improving contract oversight

Idaho has improved how high-priced contracts are approved and monitored ever since criticism erupted over how officials handled multimillion dollar contracts, according to a new state audit report. Officials with Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation told a legislative committee July ...

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Idaho Health Exchange director to leave for New Mexico job

Amy Dowd, the executive director of the Idaho Health Exchange, has resigned to become CEO of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. The New Mexico exchange’s board of directors voted July 11 to hire Dowd. It is not clear when ...

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Boise’s Haute Shot expands line, looks into tennis attire (access required)

Two sisters who started a golf attire company last year in Boise are expanding their business and looking into designs for tennis wear as well. J.J. Winters and Julie Suitter launched Haute Shot Golf in December 2012. The Boise company ...

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