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Feds say Boise’s homeless ordinance is unconstitutional

The Justice Department is opposing a law in Idaho’s biggest city that makes it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places. The department says the Boise ordinance unconstitutionally punishes people for being homeless. At issue is a ...

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Food manufacturing in Idaho pays better-than-average wages (access required)

In Idaho, the food manufacturing industry is the place to be. Although food manufacturing makes up less than 3 percent of Idaho’s economy, jobs in the sector pay 15 percent more than average wages. Economic Modeling Specialists International, a research ...

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Idaho lawmakers scrutinize state’s contracting system

Idaho lawmakers are considering revamping the state’s contracting system after seeing a string of scandals plague some of Idaho’s most expensive contracts. An Idaho legislative committee met August 5 to discuss the issue, but won’t finalize a recommendation for the ...

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Judge: Idaho’s anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled August 3 that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional. U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the law violates the First Amendment. “Audio and visual evidence is ...

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Five years into Dodd-Frank (access required)

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It has been five years since the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law but if its critics have their way, it will not see a sixth anniversary. The law — aimed at preventing a financial crisis like the one in ...

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A word with Earl Sullivan of The Core (access required)

Earl Sullivan is a business consultant who manages The Core, a nonprofit group that was formed to bring together Idaho’s medical technology businesses. Sullivan was running a generic pharmaceutical company in Meridian when he first became involved in The Core. ...

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Idaho Power contests proposed central Idaho solar projects

Idaho Power is asking state officials to rule that 10 solar projects proposed for central Idaho are instead one big project and should fall under a different set of regulations more favorable to the energy company. The Idaho Public Utilities ...

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Houston mattress company gains firm foothold in Boise

If it seems as though there are a lot of Mattress Firm outlets in Boise, that’s because there are. Thirteen Mattress Firm stores have set up shop in the city, according to a company spokeswoman. The publicly traded Houston mattress ...

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