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Lowe’s agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine

Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday. As ...

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Portable seismographs heading for central Idaho

Three portable seismographs will be installed in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a recent flurry of earthquakes. Harley Benz, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, said scientists decided ...

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Report: Community banks have been ‘resilient’ for decades (access required)

A new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp shows that while there has been bank consolidation during the past 30 years, mid-sized community banks have grown, both in size and number. Idaho community bank leaders say there are some ...

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U.S. home building rose in March

U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction. Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted ...

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BYP startup contest will pick its winners April 17 (access required)

Boise Young Professionals’ third b|launched competition has its final interviews and judging April 17. On that day, two teams will win $30,000 in funding. The following week, on April 23, BYP will hold a similar, condensed version of the program ...

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Signs of the times: Small company has wide reach (access required)

A small Boise sign and design shop is taking its creations to Shanghai for a Walt Disney resort that opens late next year. Classic Design Studio, a 35-year-old business run by a father and son, is creating about 40 designs ...

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United adds flights between Boise and Houston (access required)

United Airlines will start flying between Boise and Houston in mid-August, the latest new route announcement from the Boise Airport. The new route means Boise now flies to five United hubs, and the flight to Houston will be one of ...

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The minty fresh smell of success (access required)

Potatoes and dairy get a large share of the attention in Idaho, but the state is also the third-largest producer of mint, the sweet-smelling herb used in gum, candy, toothpaste and medicine. The Idaho mint industry—80 percent of which is ...

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Grace Assisted Living builds new facility in Garden City (access required)

Grace Assisted Living is constructing a new retirement community in Garden City.The 78,000-square-foot complex will include 85 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, a central dining room, common areas, a recreation and theater room, a hair salon and other amenities. ...

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Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn’t likely anytime soon. A dwindling number of cattle and growing ...

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