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SBA removing asset test, nine-month rule on loans (access required)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is making a few changes that could increase access to the government-backed loan program. On April 21, the SBA will get rid of a personal resource test for potential borrowers, as well as a rule ...

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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight ...

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Survey: US gas prices jump 9 cents per gallon

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks. According to the Lundberg Survey released April 20, ...

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Idaho water situation continues to improve

Officials from irrigation districts in southwestern Idaho say the state’s water supply outlook is improving thanks to a series of snow and rain storms that hit the region in March and April. Numbers from the Natural Resources Conservation Service show ...

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Business Briefs

Boise State University to host World Trade Day Business leaders are getting together April 30 for the annual Idaho World Trade Day at Boise State University. Dozens of speakers from around the country will be talking about ways that companies ...

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Bishop Kelly High School expansion to accommodate higher enrollment (access required)

Three separate construction projects have kicked off at Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School. New classrooms, an expanded library and tennis courts are intended to accommodate growing enrollment at the Catholic school at 7009 Franklin Road. Bishop Kelly President Rich Raimondi ...

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Bronco football getting at least $1.1 million from ESPN this year (access required)

Boise State University will have most of its football games at Bronco Stadium this fall broadcast on an ESPN network, which means the program will bring in at least $1.1 million extra, and up to $2.6 million in bonuses from ...

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Lowe’s agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine

Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday. As ...

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Portable seismographs heading for central Idaho

Three portable seismographs will be installed in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a recent flurry of earthquakes. Harley Benz, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, said scientists decided ...

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Report: Community banks have been ‘resilient’ for decades (access required)

A new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp shows that while there has been bank consolidation during the past 30 years, mid-sized community banks have grown, both in size and number. Idaho community bank leaders say there are some ...

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