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Audit: Boise VA Center sees most patients within 30 days

A new audit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that most Idaho veterans receiving care at the Boise VA Medical Center wait less than a month for their first appointment. But the average wait time for those who ...

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Uncertainty dominates new hemp market

Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a new lucrative market. That was the idea, anyway. Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red ...

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Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

Before the sprawling Texas city of Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was ...

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Regence parent Cambia looking to invest in med-tech companies (access required)

The parent company of Regence BlueShield of Idaho is seeking to invest in medical technology startups, and the one of the firm’s leaders says that Idaho is developing a cluster of med-tech companies that could make for a promising investment. ...

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Business Briefs: Universities test drone scans on potato crops (access required)

Universities are testing drone scans on potato crops Researchers at Idaho State University are using unmanned aircraft systems to scan potato fields for crop threats as part of a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using the UAS, ...

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US consumer spending surges in April

Consumers revved up their borrowing in April, with growth in credit card debt accelerating at the fastest pace in more than a dozen years. Overall credit expanded by $26.8 billion during the month, up from an increase of $19.5 billion ...

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States balk at keeping oil-train info from public

U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying June 5 that the information shouldn’t be kept from the ...

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Feds take a new look at patient data protection (access required)

The federal government is imposing new rules and conducting fresh audits related to the protection of medical record privacy. The government’s target: healthcare providers and a wide range of entities with access to the data. The U.S. Department of Health ...

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Idaho truffle grower sees expanding harvests

Idaho’s leading truffle grower harvested a large crop this spring. Paul Beckman of Eagle, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, has planted 12 acres with hundreds of oak, hazelnut, pecan and walnut trees. The trees are inoculated with the fungi ...

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Shari Herrera is the new director of the Women’s Business Center

Entrepreneur and educator Shari Herrera is the new director of the Women’s Business Center in Boise. The center, which provides assistance such as business counseling, business plan training, and workshops, serves women and men, with emphasis on helping socially and ...

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