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Idaho budget writers approve bulk of public ed funding

Idaho’s public schools are on track to receive a 7.4 percent budget increase under a plan from the Legislature’s budget-setting committee. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved a 6.8 percent boost — about $100.3 million — for public schools Feb. 29. ...

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Soda Pop Miniatures plays the world from Garden City (access required)

In a largely virtual game world, Soda Pop Miniatures is thriving in Garden City with an age-old favorite: the board game. Soda Pop Miniatures creates board games populated with collectible fantasy figurines, most barely more than an inch tall. The ...

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New website helps women to meet, get outdoors

A new website is helping women to meet and connect while also encouraging outdoor activities. Jessica Porter, from Hawaii, and Lindsey Walters, from Nevada, met at Boise State University six years ago through a roommate finder program and have lived ...

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More choose to opt out of working (access required)

The number of people who aren’t working and aren’t looking for work has grown nationally in the last 10 years. That’s partly due to the aging of the workforce, but there are also other factors economists can’t explain. The number ...

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A word with Bessie Katsilometes of Idaho State’s Meridian Health Science Center (access required)

Bessie Katsilometes is the associate vice president of university programs at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center. At ISU, she oversaw construction of the center’s 150,000-square-feet facility, completed in 2009 in a former industrial building. In August, ISU opened ...

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Coeur d’Alene company expects to double in size by servicing jets (access required)

A Coeur d’Alene-based airplane servicing company expects to double in size after securing its next contract. Empire Aerospace has serviced large propeller airplane known as turboprops for about a decade, but it is now looking to diversify because more and ...

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Idaho closer to eliminating local wage initiatives (access required)

An Idaho Senate committee has moved to preempt future ballot initiatives to raise city or county minimum wage rates above the state’s. The Idaho Retailers Association drafted the bill after ballot initiatives in Coeur d’Alene and McCall failed in 2015. ...

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Lawmakers agree to slight increase in Medicaid funding

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children. The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee agreed on Feb. 26 to allocate $519.6 million in state general funds as part of the ...

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Idaho panel introduces state contracting overhaul bill

After months of gathering testimony, reviewing studies and hearing from experts, an Idaho legislative committee has submitted its list of proposed changes to the state’s 40-year-old contracting laws. “This is kind of a complex bill, but it was a complex ...

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50 women leaders inspire a crowd of 600 at Women of the Year event

Since 2011, Idaho Business Review has named a Woman of the Year in a presentation and gala. On Feb. 25, with about 600 people in attendance at the event, the honor went to Nora Carpenter, president and CEO of United ...

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