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A word with Linda Swanstrom of the Idaho Dental Association (access required)

Linda Swanstrom, the executive director of the Idaho State Dental Association, started her professional career as an accountant before moving to the nonprofit sector and then to Hewlett-Packard, where she spent 21 years. She also worked in administration and management ...

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New SBA lending matchmaker has four partners in Idaho (access required)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has started a new online questionnaire to help entrepreneurs find a loan with an SBA lender. The new tool is called LINC, short for Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital, and has four non-bank ...

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Kart supply shop opens in Boise

Treasure Valley kart racers no longer have to order parts online. Newly opened eKart Group, 3236 E Amity Road, offers just about anything a karter needs from chassis to tires to seats. About the only thing owner James O’Brien could ...

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Tax exemptions for glasses, tools move forward (access required)

An Idaho legislative committee has approved expanding two sales taxes exemptions that could cost the state more than $4 million per year. The two proposed bills would expand existing exemptions to cover production of hand tools, and of prescription eyeglasses ...

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New company formed for agricultural use of unmanned vehicles (access required)

The three Idaho companies that received federal approval to fly drones commercially for agricultural purposes have formed a new company, Empire Unmanned. Empire Unmanned is led by Brad Ward, who is also a vice president with Advanced Aviation Solutions. Along ...

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Judge voids broadband contract, clarifies ruling

A district judge said Idaho’s troubled broadband contract is void, clarifying a November ruling that sent state officials scrambling to find a solution to preserve the state’s public schools broadband program. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen submitted his final ruling ...

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Community and regional planning could be the first of several Boise State degrees to go (access required)

Boise State University is eliminating its Community and Regional Planning certificate and graduate programs, citing a dearth of students and low state funding. Boise State’s Program Prioritization planning model, completed in the summer of 2014, says three more programs will ...

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Finance Department looks to provide some relief for banks (access required)

The Idaho Department of Finance is seeking to ease some regulations on Idaho-based banks and tweak some state banking laws to comply with federal law. The legislation was introduced with one dissenting vote by the Idaho House Business Committee on ...

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Appeals court: St. Luke’s Health System broke antitrust laws

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that determined St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group violated federal antitrust laws. The appeals court in a 37-page decision released Feb. 10 upheld ...

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“In-sourcing” could save Idaho on legal costs (access required)

The state of Idaho has paid $40 million over the past four years for private legal work, according to a new survey from the Idaho Legislature’s nonpartisan watchdog. The report found a few areas where the state could save money. ...

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