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US services firms grew at faster pace in May

U.S. services firms expanded at a stronger pace in May compared to the prior month, as companies saw gains in business activity, new orders and employment. The Institute for Supply Management said June 5 that its services index rose to ...

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Wells Fargo exits retail banking in 4 Midwestern states

Wells Fargo is exiting retail banking operations in four Midwestern states as the beleaguered company follows through on previous plans to reduce the number of locations it has open. The San Francisco bank said April 5 that it will sell ...

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Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on June 4, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president vowed to turn the tide and break down large trade barriers with top trading ...

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Cybersecurity expert: Health care, legal businesses are particularly vulnerable to attacks (access required)

Small- to medium-sized businesses are increasingly at risk of being hacked, but they can protect themselves. The Federal Bureau of Investigation gets a “handful” of calls every week from the Boise area about cyber attacks, said Clark Harshbarger, special agent ...

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Groups say central Idaho mine leaking pollution into river

An environmental group and environmental law firm say they’ll file a lawsuit against the state of Idaho if Idaho officials continue what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act at an abandoned mine in central Idaho. The ...

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Grant aids University of Idaho biofuel program

A University of Idaho researcher has been awarded more than $750,000 to study biofuels. Tara Hudiburg, assistant professor with the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources, was awarded the grant to study biofuel sustainability. She is a co-principal investigator and will ...

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Idaho’s legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders announced May 30 that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter might call a special legislative session to address a water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said all stakeholders have reached an ...

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Local governments a growing target for cyberattacks (access required)

A major cyberattack on the city of Atlanta, Georgia in March shut down city computers for five days, exposing critical vulnerabilities in the government system. Just days later, Baltimore was hit with a separate ransomware attack that required 911 dispatchers ...

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