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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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Idaho unemployment rate rises to 4.2 percent (access required)

Idaho’s unemployment rate grew to 4.2 percent in August, a slight increase from 4.1 percent the previous month. According to the state Department of Labor, the increase from July represents a net gain of 400 people without jobs. Officials said ...

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RV manufacturer promises hundreds of jobs in Nampa (access required)

Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is moving into a former Micron factory in Nampa to build recreational vehicles for distribution in the West, the company announced with a press release. Heartland expects to start production in the first quarter with ...

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Shift in US firefighting prioritizes sage grouse in West

Federal agencies deciding how to deploy firefighters during one of the West’s worst wildfire seasons are considering a new factor in their deliberations: an imperiled bird that inhabits a vast stretch of sagebrush from California to the Dakotas. Officials have ...

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A word with Elizabeth Cooper of U of I’s Integrated Design Lab (access required)

Elizabeth Cooper is the interim director of the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab, a workshop dedicated to the research and development of energy efficient, healthy buildings. The 11-year-old lab is funded primarily through sponsors, such as Idaho Power and ...

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US homebuilding slows in August after hot streak

Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year. Housing starts last month fell 3 percent to a seasonally adjusted ...

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