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Online sales tax collection effort comes back (access required)

Collecting sales tax on online purchases could get Idaho $1 million to $3 million in two years. And the state could get up to $50 million if Congress or the courts rewrite federal law to require out-of-state online and catalog ...

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Chefs plan to purchase Reel Food Fish Shop (access required)

The Seattle-based owner of Reel Foods Fish Shop in Boise is negotiating with a pair of chefs who plan to buy the small fish market and oyster bar and start offering catering and cooking classes there. Reel Foods is the ...

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Boise Fry expanding through franchising (access required)

Boise Fry Co. will continue its push outside Idaho by opening franchised locations in Austin, Texas later this year, followed by other locations in Texas, Denver, and Lincoln, Neb. Co-founder Blake Lingle said the company has 10 franchises planned through  ...

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Boise Ben and Jerry’s sold (access required)

The downtown Boise Ben and Jerry’s has a new owner. Matt Groll sold the ice cream store after owning it for close to six years. The new owners are Andrew and Yolanda Moran. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. ...

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Most Idaho irrigation areas expected to have enough water

Much of Idaho has a lower-than-normal snowpack because of sparse precipitation so far this winter combined with above-average temperatures in the last month. But state and federal weather and water experts at a meeting March 13 of the Idaho Water ...

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A word with Michael Hollenbeck of Proskriptive (access required)

Michael Hollenbeck is the co-founder of the 10-month-old health care data technology company Proskriptive. The Boise company uses health care information from a range of sources to create tailored health strategy recommendations for populations and individuals. Hollenbeck has spent most ...

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Idaho budget panel shifts broadband funding authority

State budget writers have stripped next year’s funding for Idaho’s defunct broadband program from the Department of Administration. The department has been criticized for its negotiation of a $60 million contract ruled illegal by a district court earlier this year. ...

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Sales tax exception for eyeglasses headed to governor’s desk

A bill that would exempt prescription eyeglasses and contacts from state’s sales tax has cleared its final hurdle and is on its way to the governor’s desk. The Idaho Senate approved the legislation March 12 on an 18-17 vote. Despite ...

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Bill requiring parental OK for teen tanning passes Senate

A bill requiring parental permission for teens to use tanning beds has cleared both houses in the Idaho Statehouse. That means the legislation is headed to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature. The Senate passed the plan 23-12 on ...

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