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Briefs pile up in multi-state gay marriage rulings appeal

Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs ...

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Intermountain Bank is being bought by Columbia Bank (access required)

Sandpoint-based Intermountain Bancorp is merging with Columbia Bank of Tacoma, Wash. in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $121.5 million. Intermountain has branches in the Treasure Valley under the Intermountain Bank name, as well as branches in northern Idaho in its ...

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Proposed FMLA reg would require benefits for same-sex couples (access required)

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A proposed federal regulation requiring employers to provide legally-married same-sex couples with benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of their employees’ state of residence could help clear up some complications caused by conflicting federal and state laws. ...

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Poll: Idahoans don’t want taxes collected from online shopping (access required)

Most Idaho voters, whatever their political stripes, don’t want a sales tax on online purchases. That’s the finding of a new poll commissioned by free market public policy organization the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union, a nonpartisan ...

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US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years ...

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Idaho lawmaker committee examines public defense

Lawmakers on a committee charged with fixing Idaho’s public defense system were cautioned July 22 that if they create new standards to ensure indigent defendants get a fair shake in court, the state could open itself up to lawsuits. Ada ...

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Business Briefs: Boise company wins $1M Saudi Arabia contract

Boise company wins $1M contract in Saudi Arabia The Boise education company PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., has received a contract to develop STEM education courses in Saudi Arabia. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and math. PCS won a bid with ...

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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide (access required)

Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The region covering Oregon, Washington, ...

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Verizon, AT&T tie for mobile performance in study

A new report testing the performance of the four major wireless carriers found Verizon and AT&T tied for the best performance in Boise. An analysis by RootMetrics in mid-April that had more than 20,000 unique tests of the carriers, also ...

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