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Juice drink showdown reaches Supreme Court (access required)

During oral arguments on April 21, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disinclined to hold that a Lanham Act claim of false representation against beverage giant Coca-Cola was preempted under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The case ...

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Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low (access required)

Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors said April 22 that sales edged ...

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Umpqua bringing ‘bank stores’ to Idaho (access required)

Umpqua Bank will roll out a new “bank store” model for its branches as it completes the rebranding that follows its acquisition of Sterling Bank. The $2 billion merger was final April 18. Now, the Portland, Ore.-based bank is rebranding ...

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Trust-based IRAs not exempt from tax consequences (access required)

When someone dies and leaves an IRA to an individual, distributions can stretch out over the beneficiary’s lifetime, allowing the funds to grow tax-deferred over many years. But when the IRA is left in a trust for the beneficiary, and ...

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USDA establishes rural business investment program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the formation of the ...

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Idaho dairy org asks to join in farm video lawsuit

The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is asking a federal judge to allow the industry group to intervene in a lawsuit against a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. The dairymen’s association filed a ...

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A word with Connie Miller, CEO of Icon Credit Union (access required)

Connie Miller has been CEO of Icon Credit Union for six years. Miller, an accountant by training, arrived at Icon in 1998 when it was called Idahy Federal Credit Union, after the highway department employees who made up its constituency. ...

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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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