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Supreme Court leaves most greenhouse gas regs in place (access required)

States and business groups challenging controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions won a battle, but largely lost the war, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left the agency’s regulatory scheme largely intact. “The court’s holding ...

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Sunwest Bank adds former Home Federal staff

Sunwest Bank has added nine former Home Federal Bank employees to its Idaho headquarters in Boise, including a new Idaho market president, Terry Fesler. Sunwest, based in Irvine, California, entered Idaho by taking over the failed Syringa Bank in early ...

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Wage and hour battles on the rise

When McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson recently said his company would be likely to support a bill increasing the minimum wage to $10.10, it was a small step toward victory in what has become an international campaign highlighting accusations of low ...

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Trucks may not follow higher speeds on Idaho interstates (access required)

Speed limits on rural interstate freeways in southern Idaho are set to rise in July to 80 miles per hour for most vehicles and 70 miles per hour for large trucks, but many trucking companies will keep their vehicles going ...

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Nation’s young farmers and ranchers get assistance

A new federal initiative is aimed at helping the country’s next generation of farmers and ranchers succeed. U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden visited the University of California in Davis June 23 to announce a new website loaded with information ...

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Oregon to use radio-controlled helicopter on fires

When a fire filled the Cascade Range’s rugged canyons in southwestern Oregon with smoke in 2011, firefighters started thinking an unmanned aircraft might help them get a look beneath the cover that a conventional scout plane could not. The state’s ...

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Boise entrepreneurs seek to create startup hub (access required)

A team of Boise entrepreneurs is seeking to create a new hub for entrepreneurs. The new organization is looking for space in downtown Boise for meetings and information gatherings. The entity doesn’t have a formal name, though it’s called Actuate ...

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Teams trap grizzlies as feds consider delisting

Sixteen grizzlies have been captured so far this year by teams gathering information for the federal government. The information will be used this fall to decide whether to propose lifting federal protections of the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. ...

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High court ruling leaves open questions on patenting software (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that some, but not all, computer-implemented software functions are too abstract to qualify for a patent. But the court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, did not clearly define ...

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