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Idaho woman gets 1½ year term for California egg donor fraud

An egg donation and surrogacy agency that branded itself as a miracle was more of a mirage. More than 40 people, including egg donors, surrogates and intended parents were duped by the owner of Miracles Egg Donation of more than ...

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Irrigation, aquaculture among top users of Idaho water

An Associated Press review shows the highest consumers of Idaho’s drinking water aren’t the people taking long showers, using their dishwasher or even those turning on their hoses for a green lawn. Instead, on a daily average, the state’s precious ...

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Idaho water officials OK aerial cloud seeding project

Idaho water officials want to expand cloud seeding efforts by taking an aerial approach to coax more snow from winter storms. The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending $200,000 for a one-year aerial cloud seeding project. Officials want to ...

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Accounting salaries are on the upswing (access required)

Finance and accounting salaries are expected to rise 4.5 percent next year, faster than the average increase, amid growing demand and firms’ focus on growth. Staffing firm Robert Half released its predictions the week of Sept. 7 regarding corporate and ...

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Idaho Public Defense Commission: New standards need teeth

Members of Idaho’s Public Defense Commission say that without more authority, there’s not much reason to keep working on statewide recommendations. Lawmakers created the commission in 2014, asking members to come up with quality standards to improve Idaho’s problematic public ...

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Idaho lawmakers review urban renewal practices

Idaho lawmakers are working to come up with a plan to overhaul the state’s 50-year-old urban renewal laws, which have helped lure major companies to Idaho, but still face criticism for lax oversight. A legislative interim committee met Sept. 21 ...

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Company expects record-breaking sugar beet yields

An Idaho company is expecting record sugar beet crops to yield nearly 40 tons per acre in Magic Valley this year. The Times-News reported farmers began digging crops on Sept. 8, and Amalgamated Sugar Co. has since processed 80,000 tons ...

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Credit unions are ramping up their mortgage lending (access required)

Credit unions are increasing their mortgage lending, boosted by growing awareness and demand, increased lending staff, new regulations regarding counseling and highly competitive rates. A report from the research company TransUnion said credit unions provided 11 percent of U.S. mortgage ...

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Wilder students will receive iPads

By Nov. 12, every student in Wilder’s two schools could have an iPad. District Superintendent Jeff Dillon applied for state pilot project grants for iPads without success. Then he began talking to officials with Apple about equipping his 450 students, ...

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