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New app makes it easier for travelers to mingle (access required)

After nearly two years of pricing, booking, and scheduling, Mindy Ngo and Eric Malek set out to hit 30 countries on their 10-month-long honeymoon. But even with all the forethought, scheduling hitches still impeded the young couple. The two were ...

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Otter pledges to address Idaho’s low graduation rates

Gov. Butch Otter on Jan. 7 promised to use his State of the State address Jan. 11 to propose initiatives designed to improve Idaho’ high school graduation rates. For years, Otter and members of the State Board of Education have ...

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Boise company partners with Intel on pioneering virtual reality technology (access required)

Boise-based IonVR has paired its MotionSync technology with Intel to make virtual reality programs users can literally walk through. IonVR built a virtual reality headset that it first announced at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference in September in San Francisco. Since ...

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Local company plans to bring manufacturing of its award-winning technology to Boise

Boise-based American Semiconductor has built 25 percent of its new campus and plans to bring the manufacturing of its award-winning technology to the Treasure Valley from Arizona, California and Minnesota.  American Semiconductor was founded in 2001. Until 2011, it worked ...

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School supplemental levies increase

Idaho’s supplemental levy bill has grown even as state K-12 funding has increased. The 2015 Legislature approved a $1.48 billion K-12 budget for 2015-16, a $101 million increase. With this year’s budget, legislators finally exceeded the K-12 spending plan approved ...

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70 percent of Idahoans say the current tax system is fair (access required)

Most Idahoans are happy with the state’s existing tax structure, according to a survey of several reform proposals. The statewide poll found 70 percent of Idahoans believe the system to be either fair or very fair. To compare, about 60 ...

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Boise Cascade to purchase two engineered lumber facilities

Boise Cascade will purchase two southern engineered lumber facilities. The Boise-based company will purchase the facilities from Georgia-Pacific for $215 million. The facilities are located in Thorsby, Ala. and Roxboro, N.C. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the ...

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Old ideas surround new Idaho legislative session

It’s no secret that rejected proposals haunt the halls of the Idaho Statehouse. Tax reform failures and botched education funding formulas are common ghost tales among lawmakers and lobbyists. Yet the ideas that formed doomed legislative efforts rarely die. So ...

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